Planer Cart made from scraps

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Project by Cereal4Dinner posted 02-28-2013 07:58 AM 3608 views 9 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!

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 12:02 PM

Nice design – love it when material is repurposed.

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

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 12:44 PM

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 02-28-2013 01:00 PM

You make very nice projects from scrap! Nice work.

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 01:16 PM

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 02-28-2013 01:20 PM

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

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#6 posted 02-28-2013 06:04 PM

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 02-28-2013 07:49 PM

Is that a Footprint chisel I see?

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 08:09 PM

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 03-01-2013 02:13 AM

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 03-01-2013 11:15 PM

great build.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 03-02-2013 03:59 PM

There you go, that’s all you need

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#12 posted 03-04-2013 09:09 PM

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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