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Forum topic by jjwoodshop posted 01-24-2011 07:33 PM 3560 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2011 07:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip planer

So yesterday I was lucky enough to pick up a 12.5 inch Delta Planer from a guy on Craigslist. This think is immaculate. The only dust on it was what we created running a test board. He pulled the original owners manual and info out of his file cabinat, out of a three ring binder. Went right to it. The guy was organized, I was impressed and newly motivated to get my crap together!! He had the original tools that came with the planer, and an extra set of brand new blades still in the package. Picked it all up for $95! Was pretty pleased with the find!

But alas I realized I really had no good working space for this unit. I have the storage space, but not a good working space. i considered one of the craftsman rolling tool chests, but those run at least $100, and it would just be 5 more drawers to junk up!

So I stopped by HF…I know there may be a lot of you that cringe at the thought! I found this little beauty in the back:

For $20 I just couldn’t resist! Put it together last night, and sure, it’s not thick gauge steel, and hardwood tops, but you know what, everything lined up, the mechanism worked smoothly, and once together its level and solid. And best of all, it fits the planer perfectly! And it folds down and tucks away, or can be hung on the wall.

And it will have some versatility for other small projects, etc.

I just wanted to share this item for those who haven’t seen them before, that may have a small bench top tool they would like a home for.

-- "If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original." - Sir Ken Robinson

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 08:38 PM

I have a couple of those things. I also have a vintage Workmate,
which is a lot heavier. Those knockoff stands are pretty useful. I
think the patent on the Workmate mechanism expired.


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#2 posted 01-25-2011 03:29 AM

Looks like it should work fine to me… Nothing wrong with the price.

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