|Project by ADHDan||posted 02-13-2014 04:04 PM||2284 views||5 times favorited||15 comments|
In an 11’x17’ shop, the R4512 has a pretty big floor footprint with lots of wasted space underneath. So I decided to build a custom base with storage for accessories and a stand for my planer. The base is an old conference room table donated by my office, resting on six casters (four locking). The carcases are melamine, which I stocked up on when I found a giant pile in the BORG cull bin. So the total cost was maybe $20.
Previously, the planer was on a flip-top stand; it was a hassle to flip it over for use, and it was oriented the wrong way in the shop. So I put the planer under the TS wing, figuring that if I have room to plane a board I have room to rip that same board. I also added various slots, dividers, etc. for storing miter gauges, pushpads, and other small TS jigs. Eventually I plan to build drawers to replace the open shelves, and I’ll add edging to the exposed melamine edges.
I have separate DC lines running from each tool to a tri-splitter with blast gates (and a third line for my floating hose); I use a combination of zip ties and hose straps to keep hoses and power cords out of the way, so rolling it around isn’t too much of a hassle. The TS base slopes internally towards the back to shunt dust towards the DC port.
Incidentally, because of my DC setup my planer (DW734) is actually facing the wrong way relative to the saw – it feeds in the opposite direction of the TS. If anyone knows how to modify the dust port so it can be flipped end for end, I would love to hear from you.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.