Table/bench for planer

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Forum topic by Knothead62 posted 05-18-2010 07:10 PM 1137 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2010 07:10 PM

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I’m getting up the nerve to start on a table for the Mrs. I want to build some sort of table or bench for my planer, Dewalt 734. I’m 5’ 6” and was wondering about the height of the table. Is there a rule of thumb or what should I do to determine a comfortable and safe height? Thanks! BTW, FWIW, I have a piece of an old countertop to use for the top along with lots of scrap 2×4s.

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#1 posted 05-18-2010 07:24 PM

I think the height should be whatever permits you to work comfortably. If you are going to be planing heavier wood (oak or maple), you don’t want to have to lift it any higher than necessary. Having the in feed and out feed tables at about the height of your hands (with your arms relaxed at your sides) would make sense to me.

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#2 posted 05-18-2010 07:40 PM

Greetings Knothead62,
The cabinet is about 42” high (top to bottom), so it puts the planer even a little higher, which I like cause of my ole sorry back trouble, and I don’t have to bend or stoop. I’m only 5’-8”, and it’s the perfect heighth for me. And I can roll it anywhere in my shop if need be…. Just an idea for you if future reference….

Here’s what I did…... I made a roll-a-round cabinet for my planer. It has 4 drawers that are on full extention slides, and 3” locking casters. I bolted the planer down through the top of the cabinet to keep it from moving.

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#3 posted 05-18-2010 08:27 PM

Thanks for the prompt replies.
Rick, I like the drawers in the cabinet. You can never have too much storage. If you do, then you go out and buy stuff to store in the extra storage space.

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