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Forum topic by William Shelley posted 06-17-2016 10:10 PM 472 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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William Shelley

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06-17-2016 10:10 PM

I’m just curious as to the solutions others have come up with for this problem:

You’re standing in front of your jointer or planer. You have 26 pieces of wood that you need to process. They are sitting on the infeed table. You pick up your first piece, then take the other 25 off and set them…. where?

I don’t have any horizontal surface near my planer or jointer and it makes it difficult to maintain a good workflow if I’m doing a lot of something. I’m considering building some type of cantilever rack or shelving with two levels, which would sit right behind the jointer or planer, above the bed height, so that I can stack up a bunch of stock on the first shelf and then put the processed piece on the second shelf. Once everything has been run through, I can start pulling from shelf #2 and putting processed pieces into shelf #1.

If anyone has pictures of something they’ve built like this, I’d love to see it, for inspiration.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#1 posted 06-17-2016 11:35 PM

I use some portable saw horses. I have the ones with adjustable height and they are great for many things.

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#2 posted 06-17-2016 11:52 PM

I like to use a rolling cart.

Plywood on saw horses is another simple way.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 06-18-2016 12:15 AM

I usually rough-cut length and I use the space where my jointer is parked to stack the pieces standing up. After jointing, I use a rack I built over my planer.

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#4 posted 06-18-2016 01:35 AM

Luckily my tablesaw is not far from my jointer. I stage my lumber there and use the flat surface of the saw to gauge if my stock has been made flat.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 06-18-2016 03:20 AM

Rolling carts are the best. Make them small enough to be easily pushed throughout the shop.

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