Planer Cart and 3/4 Ply Carcass

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Forum topic by DohBoy posted 12-21-2009 10:37 PM 974 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2009 10:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: structure joining

If I were to have a carcass of 3/4 decent oak veneer ply, approximately 21”x28”x29” high, plus “dust frames” at about 7” from the top and 14” from the top, would that structure be laterally strong enough using pocket hole screws and good ole yeller glue? I suspect when the planer (DW735, around 100 lbs) gets on top of it, it would be really unstable.

With that structure, I can slip most of my boxed tools (saber saw, 2.25 hp router, belt sander, etc…) in the bottom and have two large drawers on top that can pull from either side, which was why I wanted to go without a back.

I had some other thoughts: I could go with a half back – only on the bottom, or, forego the double pull drawers and put the back on the top only for front/back access to the boxed tools. But I really liked the idea of both front and back access. I was going to use magnets as the “stops” – one at either end, with a screw head for the magnet to catch (and easy to remove fully too). Figure like 3/4 to 7/8 extension, depending on how tight the drawers fit and where I place the magnets. I have a buncha ~1/16” thick x 4” wide adhesive backed nylon (ldpe?) to use as glides for the drawers.

Anyhoo, with the structure I describe in the top paragraph, what are my options for lateral bracing (i.e. a back), in terms of supporting my heavy planer? Do I need one?

Thanks for any input!


-- I am an anal-retentive procrastinator. Is it a wonder my projects never get done?

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Derek Lyons

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#1 posted 12-21-2009 11:00 PM

You could build a cart like mine, and simply put a shelf on the bottom:

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