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Forum topic by Guss posted 12-20-2011 03:53 AM 1452 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2011 03:53 AM

hi every one im looking for some help figuring out my table I have built every thing but the middle (where im going to put my Planer). I want to make it rotate so i have a bench then pull some pens rotate the middle and have a planer. I need the planer base to sit 2 3/4 below the table that will make the in feed out feed table level to the top. When i flip it I want to have the top all flush. So what I need is help figuring out the fulcrum placement?

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 04:58 AM

Get Rance to do you a sketch up. He’s the master of drawings! (sorry Rance, but what else did you have to do but help this guy?)

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 07:19 PM

There is an interesting idea in FWW Aug 2008 issue (fine woodworking magazine) in the methods of work section on page 14, that might help you in your solution. This one swings out from under the end of a table with the outfeed of the plane, level to the table and a seperate planer infeed support.

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#3 posted 01-07-2012 03:27 AM

Guss, this planner table/workbench….. Would help if you described your build so far.

Table top thickness and bottom support

Just what you are going to use for pivot point axle

Clearance under for planner

Clearance between the pivoting table and the work table surface

On a side note, you might want to consider leaving the natural planner table a tad short of desired height and using a leveling system. This could be something as simple as threaded inserts with jack bolts and lock nuts. Or simply using shims or washers.

The simple pins for rotational lock might need to be a bit more than simple as I would think you would want a positive 0.000 degree lock on the horizontal plane for the workbench to be a proper infeed/outfeed extension.

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#4 posted 01-07-2012 04:38 AM

I have one that i made now I will get some pictures up when i get a little more time. I need to figure something out to make the pivot point stronger. I used just a bolt in the center of the table for the middle to pivot. I was really nice and flush with the tabel when rotated but now that it has been sitting upside down in the table for a little while i am staring to get some sag on the sides of the tabel.

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