Lunch Box Planer Station #1: The Planning Stage

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Blog entry by thedude50 posted 06-25-2012 01:49 AM 5699 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As most of you who follow my blogs know I am in the middle of a big assed build. I am making two workbenches followed by a third bench with the stock that is left and what ever I am forced to buy afterwards to complete the third bench. I normally plop my Dewalt Dw733 onto my Workmate and put the orange block on and force the jaws apart for a friction hold . This has worked very well for many years . However during this build this has fallen short of working as well when the load became too much for the friction grip and the weight of the bench tops made the little planer tip while planing fortunately we saw it move just in time to force it flat with no damage to the top of the bench top. So I have decided it is time to build a better system for the planer to be held in place. I do have a set of casters I purchased for my new clamp rack and I can borrow these for the build . I think the cart will have to be mobile I have not come up with any other Ideas for this cart that I want to build before I plane the next two tops . So time is of the essence. I am currently seeking plans for this little planers cart I would like it to extend the in and out feed tables and would like it to be fairly long like a large planer. I will eventually replace this with a large stationary planer in to 14 to 20 inch range. But for now the ten year old 733 is holding its own it is paid for and still does a nice job I always finish with hand planes so my expectations are a smooth ready to finish product to come off the plane I am sure there are lots of you that have built such an out feed and in feed table system and I am asking for a lot of help in the planning of this table and I need it to come in fairly cheep as money is all tied up in other projects. I have maybe 60 bucks to spend on this and I am robbing Peter to pay Paul for that one to come in under budget .

If you have done this already please post photos and dimensions of your table. If you know of a website that has plans for this project please post the link . If you drew this in sketch up please pm me and Ill give you my email address to send me the file. I need to build this starting in the morning and have zero Ideas on what I want and what I need. I am looking for Inspiration on how to build this project and I need to get this done right away. Thanks for your help and for your guidance on this needed item in my shop. Lance

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#1 posted 06-25-2012 02:42 AM

Lance, I built a planer cart for my 733, but it’s not exactly what you’re looking for, I think. Mine’s a flip-cart:

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 03:46 AM

Use the search option….Planer out feed, planer workstation, easy to find on this sight. Good luck!!!

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 05:11 AM

This is not mine, but it has been in my favorites:

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#4 posted 06-26-2012 02:18 AM

thanks these give me enough to work with I would do the flip stand if space was a issue but i have a chop saw station I am hoping to oust the chop saw and add the slcms this year if all goes well. I like the outfeed arms and may add that to my design some how

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#5 posted 06-26-2012 04:09 PM

I made a flip top cart too. Only problem is the dust hood on the 733 keeps one of the tables from folding all the way down so it sticks out a little. The other side has my benchtop drill press.

You could also make a cart and put the planer on the bottom allowing you to use the top as an additional work surface. You’ll need to give yourself some room to crank the handle.

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 09:15 AM

I worked with a designer Dave Damsen he drew this plan in sketch up. I love his design and he thinks I can make the top a pop out and can use the cart for other projects and tools like my mortiser and what ever comes up. I will post a new blog entry over the next few days it should be a blast to get this done. For materials I have chosen to use Baltic birch Plywood it is strong a time tested I will make the doors and the face frame out of black walnut I know it is fancy for a shop piece but it is what I like to do. I am thinking of using pocket screws for the face frame it will be fun to see how this system works with walnut. I have used it a lot in oak and poplar. i think it will work just a good in black walnut. I am not sure how to put the plans up here so I will put them up in our new plans library on This Old Look for the Plans area in a couple of weeks

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