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Project by Rob McCune posted 2713 days ago 4901 views 24 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to Home depot to get my wife some more paint for the living room and decided to pick up a few 2X4’s and some melamite..melinite…melonine…crap, that particle board sandwiched between formica!!! You know what I mean. Anyway I picked up a couple 24” x 48” pieces because I was thinking of using a sheet to make some desks in the office and I wanted my wife to see what it was before I did it. I had been in need of an infeed/outfeed table for the Ryobi planer I got a couple weeks ago. Basically it is nothing more than a sled with two movable pieces of the mele-whatever with brackets and some all thread for adjustment. It worked out pretty well. I adjusted it for a few mintes and considerably reduced the snipe on the wood I put through, but it still needs some fine tuning.

The adjustment comes from turning the lower nuts on the brackets. I have pieces of 3/4” plywood securing the sides and made some slotted holes so they could move. I ran carriage bolts from inside through the plywood so when it is adjusted right I can lock it down. I didn’t put any crossmembers under the tables, and I should have. They have to much give. I will have to add them tonight. The planer is bolted down with 5/16” bolts, in fact everything was 5/16ths for better strength.

-- Rob McCune





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Karson

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#1 posted 2713 days ago

Nice table Rob. The wood you got was melamine

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Rob McCune

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#2 posted 2713 days ago

That’s the crap, melamine! Thanks Karson.

I added a crossmember to the front of the outfeed table and re-adjusted it. The support virtually elminated the snipe problem on the outfeed side. I need to get another 2×4 to put more crossmembers on the outfeed table and some on the infeed side as well and the a little fine tuning should have this going great.

-- Rob McCune

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 2713 days ago

Rob,

I am not sure the hose you have for dust collection will work out very well. I think the dust collector will work ok though. It looks to me like you used dryer vent hose and I don’t think it will hold up very well. Also, if you were able to possibly locate the dust collector directly under the table, and minimize the length of the hose, you might be better off. I really like the micro adjustment feature of the table, that was good thinking.

I have found that 4” PVC pipe fits pretty good over the dust collection ports. I always wrap some bare copper wire around the pipe and ground it to the machines.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Rob McCune

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#4 posted 2713 days ago

Todd the dryer hose is a stop gap measure until I can get over to the local rockler store and pick up some clear plastic hose from them. I had the dryer hose lying around and said to myself, “Self, I think instead of making the trip all the way across town this weekend I will just use that till it I need to go out that way.” It has worked for a week and should last until next weekend when we have to go visit my wifes grandparents on the west side of town. Also the dust collector has to be used for all my tools so I can’t mount it anywhere right now. I might consider mounting it under one of the tools when I have the money for a larger, more powerful one. It was only $80 from harbor freight.

-- Rob McCune

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 2713 days ago

You’re on top of it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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DrSawdust

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#6 posted 2713 days ago

This is great ingenuity. I am so impressed. If I even get close to the dryer hose I get into big trouble.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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Bill

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#7 posted 2713 days ago

A nice table Rob. It looks like you not only have a planer table, but a workbench as well.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Rob McCune

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#8 posted 2713 days ago

Thanks Doc, but I only took old ideas and applied them to something new.

That thought crossed my mind, Bill, I will just have to restrict the load to light stuff. I don’t want to mess the surface up.

-- Rob McCune

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Rob McCune

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#9 posted 2712 days ago

I posted more pictures in the shop tour forum over at familywoordworking.org if you want to see more details.

-- Rob McCune

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BarbS

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#10 posted 2712 days ago

Nice set up, Rob. Always good to find an efficient way to deal with snipe.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2712 days ago

Looks alright Rob’
I wouldn’t have room for this in my shop. I use a portable roller on my out feed, it works pretty good.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bill

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#12 posted 2712 days ago

Maybe you can make another top that slips over that one to protect it. When not in use, it can be stored out of the way. Otherwise, it looks like a sturdy bench.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Rob McCune

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#13 posted 2712 days ago

Thats a good idea Bill, I’ll have to try it. Thanks Barb and Dick.

-- Rob McCune

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BassBully

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#14 posted 2711 days ago

Sweet idea Rob. I don’t have enough room in my shop for that long of a bed. If I did, I think I would steel your idea :). I do have one question, are those locking casters? I was just thinking that if you needed to force the wood through the planer because the rollers were slipping, you’d have a slight issue.

Thanks for sharing your project.

-- There are three types of people in the world, those who can count and those who can't!

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Rob McCune

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#15 posted 2711 days ago

I only had some spare straight and swivel ones, no locking ones. Most of the time the outfeed table will be against the wall in the space between the garage doors so if I have to push hard, it still won’t move. I guess if I have to move it away from the wall, I will have to chock the casters somehow.

-- Rob McCune

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