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07-07-2015 08:32 PM

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Hello all, first poster here!
I have a Makita 2040 planer, and it weighs about 275 pounds. I’d like to build a cabinet for underneath it which rolls on casters. How do I design a cabinet however that can handle that much weight? I’m a noob to woodworking and I’m not sure how to determine what the structure should be for something like this.

edit Here is what one looks like:

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#1 posted 07-07-2015 08:37 PM

Just double up some 3/4” ply and put the bracing close to the edges of the footprint. That will be more than sturdy enough.

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#2 posted 07-07-2015 09:51 PM

I would build a heavy duty frame out of 4×4’s bolted together and using lap joints.
I would mount this frame on a double thickness of 3/4 plywood and mount casters.

If you want a cabinet underneath then a simply cover the sides and back with ply.

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#3 posted 07-07-2015 10:03 PM

Be aware that the cabinet design should account for it being top heavy. I would recommend a wider footprint.

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#4 posted 07-07-2015 10:21 PM

Hammerthumb, yeah that’s exactly it, I need this to be about waist height and I don’t want the thing collasping under the weight or tipping over! I’d like to have at least shelves in there with doors.

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#5 posted 07-07-2015 10:59 PM

Is the one in the picture what you have or just for an example? The original factory base for both the 2030 and 2040 was nothing more than some hardwood skids (approx. 2.25” wide x 2.75” high and 32” long) known as the “Stable Base” in the parts reference – to which most owners mount casters on. The one in the picture has what looks like the original wood skids already. One of my 2030’s came with the base when I bought it, and for the other one, I just used some 32” 4×4’s and mounted casters under them. Actually, I originally made up some really nice ones to factory specs out of oak, but the casters I had were too wide to mount, so I went with the 4×4’s instead. Not sure if I’d want them any higher than what those already make it, although the 2040 might be a bit more stable since it doesn’t have the jointer tables like the 2030 does.

If you do make a base cabinet, I wouldn’t go any shorter than what the original skids were (~32”), and go a couple inches (at least) wider than the machines base. 2×4 frame with a plywood skin should be sturdy enough for the weight. Like Paul points out, it will be fairly top heavy, so I wouldn’t go too high with the design.

Just in case, here is a picture of the skids… center ones were made to factory spec:


PS: The 2030 weighs about the same as the 2040, or maybe even a little more due to the jointer.

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#6 posted 07-07-2015 11:26 PM

Start by buying the casters you will be using. Work up from there.

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#7 posted 07-07-2015 11:52 PM

use a modified design of lockwatcher’s cart. they are extremely sturdy mobile and they are and easy to construct. I am sure if you just modified the member sizes it would be more than adequate.

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#8 posted 07-08-2015 12:00 AM

For the record a single 2×4 six feet long can support roughly 375 lbs. across its length. No need to way over engineer this. Make a simple 2×4 frame and skin it with anything you want.

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#9 posted 07-08-2015 12:28 AM
This is what inspired me for my 6” Jointer / 13” lunchbox planer fliptop with 4’ infeed & 4’ outfeed tables. I will be considering doing this exact project that Christopher did for his on my newly acquired 15” Jet Planer of near 500lbs. If you do not care for the infeed / outfeed tables, you can still create the foundation base.

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#10 posted 07-08-2015 12:53 AM

Brad – thanks for that information. No the picture is just an example, but that is the exact model I have.

Kurt thanks for the word, Lockwatcher’s cart does look pretty close to what I want.

Holbs thanks for the link, that thing is awesome! I probably wouldn’t want to commit that much space to it though until I have my workshop layout figured out.

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#11 posted 07-08-2015 07:53 PM

Instead of buying casters I’m going to borrow my mobile base (similar to from the jointer and then buy casters for the jointer stand.

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#12 posted 07-08-2015 08:35 PM

See the frame that it’s bolted to? Build another one just like it. Those will be the top and bottom frames. Add plywood sides and put in triangle corner braces. You can get casters at Harbor freight, HD, or Lowes that’ll handle the weight.

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#13 posted 07-09-2015 12:14 AM

I’m with Luthier man on this, mostly. Use 2X4s for the frame, skin it with 1/2” or 3/4” plywood. It will be amply strong, and the ply will prevent racking. But if it’s going to open on more than one side, then the heavier construction is justified.

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#14 posted 06-14-2016 12:59 PM

I have a Makita 2030 Jointer Planer combo. Plans for the base I built are posted in Sketchup 3D Warehouse.
You’ll need Sketchup installed to view the plans.

Solid as a rock, on rollers you can raise and lower, moves around shop easily. Not sure if you have the same footprint on the 2040

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