Multi-purpose planer cart

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Project by DanTheLumberJockMan posted 07-28-2008 12:56 AM 6358 views 20 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like I keep saying, everything in my shop has to serve multiple purposes. So I designed this planer cart so that it can also act as a work surface or assembly table when the planer is not in use. The planer sits on a shelf that swings down to hide it. And there’s a drawer to store planer parts and tools.

The whole cart slides under the counter top and out of the way when not in use (you can see from the pictures I’m not quite done with the counter yet).

-- Dan, San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 07-28-2008 01:31 AM

Very Nice!

Wish I had thought of the rotating table when I built my cart!


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#2 posted 07-28-2008 02:12 AM

That is really cool. I have the same planer and haven’t found a place for it yet. My shop is like yours: everything with multiple purposes and moveable out of the way. I really like this idea. Where do you put the tables when you flip the planer out of the way.

Is that a downdraft table in the foreground of the third picture? Very cool!

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#3 posted 07-28-2008 05:59 AM

Dan, thanks for sharing, this looks great. My brain is working overtime thinking about doing something similiar with my planer and my miter saw, keeping the same work height as my table saw to use it as an outfeed table…

How does this work for you for vibration or stability in larger stock?


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#4 posted 07-28-2008 03:41 PM

As for the planer tables, the infeed one flips up and rotates down with the planer. The outfeed table, because it doesn’t flip up as nicely as the infeed (a common complaint with this planer) comes off and stores in the drawer below. When the tables are installed, they are the same height as the workbench so it can act as a larger infeed/outfeed support if needed.

And yes, that’s my homemade workbench/downdraft table in the last picture. It isn’t quite done yet. When it is I’ll post it as another project here.

And I haven’t noticed any problem with vibration at all. The table is really sturdy. The inner and outer frames of the rotating parts are made of hard maple and all other construction is 3/4 so it’s a heavy, sturdy design.

-- Dan, San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 08-01-2008 12:45 AM

I’ve been thinking of building a new cart for my DeWalt and I like yours a lot. I’ve got to ask, though, how easy is it to flip that thing? I know it weighs about 92 lbs. or so. I’ve been thinking of a flip table for my planer and miter saw like Quixote above. Wondering about the weight though. What are yoiu using to pivot that table on?

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#6 posted 08-05-2008 06:34 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#7 posted 08-06-2008 02:22 AM

Hey Darell, This is a heavy planer, and flipping it isn’t for the ladies :), but I don’t have a problem at all. It’s just hinged on two 3/8” bolts that go through hard maple spacers to prevent wear. There are washers on both sides and lock nuts on the inside. I’m hoping I never have a problem with it, but the bottom side of the table is only screwed on (no glue), just in case.

-- Dan, San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 12-18-2008 04:25 AM

hey Dan…
real cool design… I have the same planner and I’m not happy with its current spot in the shop.
actually, what year is that planner? mine doesn’t have the long extensions for the table… or is that something you bought separately? mine is probably 3 years old now

but for the stand, where did you get the plans for it? mind sharing?, I would love building the same for my shop

let me know


-- Pabs

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