Planer Cart made from scraps

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Project by Cereal4Dinner posted 541 days ago 1992 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a stand / mobile cabinet that I made for my Delta 560 planer.

I got a pocket hole jig from Harbor Freight and tested it out by making a cabinet carcass out of some birch ply I had left over from another project. Never used the super popular Kreg Jig, so can’t compare it, but the HF one is a solid piece of aluminum and was pretty easy to use.

I made the door, drawer, drawer front out of the same birch ply and pine from some old Ikea bed slats that I had left over from a bed frame I tossed. The top is two 3/4” MDF sheets glued/screwed then edged with some more of the Ikea pine. The casters are $2 specials from Harbor Freight and aren’t really that good, but for $2 I’m not going to complain much.

The cabinet is is frameless euro style because I had some left over Ikea hinges from my laundry room remodel that I wanted to use.

Birch Ply: scraps
Pine: scraps
MDF: scraps
Hinge: $5 for the pair from Ikea. These are actually really nice hinges, especially so at $2.50 each. All you need to install them is a 1 3/8” or 35mm Forstner bit.
Casters: $8 for 4 from Harbor Freight
Drawer slides: $5 for a cheap 14” pair from Home Depot.
Pulls: Little Ikea pulls. $1.20 for the pair from Ikea clearance section.

This wasn’t really a planned out project. Just kind of slapped it together over a few lunch breaks from work. I haven’t mounted the planer on it to see how it is…hope its not too top heavy with the planer attached.

Please excuse the mess in my garage!

12 comments so far

View jackthelab's profile


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#1 posted 541 days ago

Nice design – love it when material is repurposed.

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#2 posted 541 days ago

Nice build, we’ll constructed. Have fun using it in the wood shop.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 541 days ago

You make very nice projects from scrap! Nice work.

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#4 posted 541 days ago

You can always tell a great build….anytime someone has to use that many clamps its gotta be good…lol
Fantastic build and great design….Good job!!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 541 days ago

I wish my planned out projects looked half as good as some of these scrap projects. Nice Job

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#6 posted 540 days ago

PaulHWood, there are lots of little mistakes that happen when I am just winging it. The drawer box ended up both too short and too narrow and so I had to add some shim stock on the left inside cabinet wall (you can see it in the 2nd picture) and also to the front of the drawer. I also kind of went crazy with the pocket screws since I thought the jig was so neat. I think I put WAY too many screws in the carcass sides/back/bottom since I didn’t know how strong the screws would be. Also, you can’t see it in the pictures, but the veneer edging tape on the carcass got a little banged up during assembly.

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#7 posted 540 days ago

Is that a Footprint chisel I see?

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#8 posted 540 days ago

cdaulton, yes it is. The law of flat surfaces demands I clutter up the cart before I even finish it.

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#9 posted 540 days ago

The ikea hinges are awesome for the cost. Maybe not for this project, but the door dampers are a great deal as well.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#10 posted 539 days ago

great build.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 538 days ago

There you go, that’s all you need

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#12 posted 536 days ago

Great job! I too wing it when I make most of my stands. I usually keep a notebook in my shop to make notes so I don’t forget anything.

-- Todd

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