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12-27-2011 11:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer dw735 infeedoutfeed

Well, I got my planer for Christmas. It didn’t come with the metal tables like the 734 and some others I’ve seen. Do I have to have these or could I build an infeed and outfeed table and attach the homebuilt table at the point where the metal tables go?
I ran a piece of Cherry, maple, and basswood through it like it is, and I determined I need something. (i’m sure some of you guys are laughing over this part!) I like the idea that Mike showed in his post. I think I can make it fit up closer to eliminate the need of the metal table. I’ve looked for other designs but can’t find to many on the subject, but I’m still learning on how to get around the website.

-- Angular error is proportionate to the distance run

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 11:20 PM

Congratulations !!

You need the table extensions and they do not cost that much, $50 I think.

Yes, you could probably rig up your own – but is that the best use of your time?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 11:56 PM

I agree with Rich. The tests always put the 735 as the best in class, but IT … PARTICULARLY needs some in/outfeed support to minimize snipe.

Build … buy … your call.

But you got a good planer, there, Bub :-)

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 11:59 PM


The DW735 is a great planer and you will really like it’s performance and quality of cut. I have the IF/OF Tables and they make a big difference in snipe. Wasn’t that bad without the tables but, now can see any at all. I will say that I have not planed anything longer than about 6 ft. up to now.

It’s a little late but, there is a deal on Amazon for the DW 735X Planer + extra set of blades + set of IF / OF tables for $559.00 and free shipping. Here is link;

They also have set of tables for $43.07 with free shipping;

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 12:02 AM

I agree with everyone. You will want some kind of table. I think you could easily build them, but like others have said, they arent very expensive and they work well.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 12-28-2011 12:32 AM

It just rips my gut that for that price, the tables are not included. I have the tables on my antique (yep) 733, and they sure are a help ‘cause I don’t have a dedicated planing station.


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#6 posted 12-28-2011 07:22 AM

My plan is to build a special table to support planer and provide infeed and out feed support. As a stop gap measure I have a 3/4” melamine coated board x about 36” long going the planer. On my other planer it’s a urethaned birch plywood. to extend the existing factory extensions.

-- It's easy when you know how - but that's the hard part. Ontario, Canada

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#7 posted 12-28-2011 07:36 AM

You can rig your own, or buy DeWalts. As Rich said, it depends on what your time is worth. I built extensions and they worked well, but my shop is so crowded I could no longer use them. The longest piece I have planed is a bit over 6’. I held up the back end as I began the feed, and lifted up a bit on the outfeed and snipe was negligible. It’s a bit of a hassle, but with practice, it becomes second nature. Of the do-it-yourself variety, Mike’s seems to be the best.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#8 posted 03-19-2012 12:07 PM

I’ve had my 735 for a year now and snipe is a constant problem….Have both I/O tables. The only way to avoid snipe is to have a scrap in front and a scrap on the out. They take the hit and I get a clean board. Annoying but it works. Right now, I’m having problems with the rollers. They slip. I’ve cleaned them several times but I guess I will have to get new ones next.

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#9 posted 03-19-2012 12:49 PM

Tedly, I don’t get any snipe with mine and I had it since 2004, but my outfeed table is like 12 or 14 feet. If I remember correctly they come with a 2 year warranty so if you need new rollers you might be able to get them free from DeWalt. If you have a DeWalt Service Center near you take it in and let them deal with the problem. Could be roller pressure? I’m not sure because I never had to do it, maybe there’s a tension adjustment on the planer for roller pressure?

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 03-19-2012 12:50 PM

Tedly….one thing you can try with the snipe issue, is to adjust the outfeed table so it is slightly higher at the end away from the machine. This will give the board a bit of a lift when it passes out of the machine. I have mine adjusted this way and rarely have snipe. Also on the rollers slipping, this might be because the table has resin on it from the wood. Try using a good wax…car wax will work if it is silica free…otherwise just good old Johnson Wax will work too. Polish the entire table including the in/out feed tables…this will make a big difference on the boards moving through the cutter. Good luck !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#11 posted 03-19-2012 12:56 PM

Hey Wayne that’s a good idea. I’ve never waxed the table on mine, think I’ll throw a coat of Johnson’s on it, can’t hurt. :-)

Or maybe Top Cote. Any problem with Johnson’s transferring to the wood and mucking up the finish?

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#12 posted 03-19-2012 01:27 PM

Curt…no it wont be a problem as long as you buff it off. I wouldnt use a wax that has silica in it though…that might get into the wood. You will be amazed at how much this improves the boards moving through the planer. Even if the table looks clean, this will help. I use the wax on my table saw, jointer, and other machines too. It also will help with preventing rust etc on cast iron tables.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 03-19-2012 04:57 PM

Thanks Wayne. I got Johnson’s, I use it on the bottom of my sleds and stuff and Top Cote for the cast iron tops. I am going to give Johnson’s a try on the planer. Buff it off, yeah ok, the wood is sanded before finishing but was wondering if it still might get in deep enough. But still buff it maybe before sanding, especially the drum sander, don’t know if it gum up the paper but don’t really want to find out…

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#14 posted 03-19-2012 05:06 PM

I bought the tables and I think they’re probably worth the money. There’s nothing special about them but for the time it’ll take you to make some, it’s money well spent. I think you will like this planer.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 03-19-2012 05:18 PM

I have the tables and they eliminate virtually all snipe – if they’re set up right. I set mine so the ends furthest from the cutters are slightly higher than the table. That seems to do the job, but I need to check the setting from time to time. The tables can slip a bit and the “tilt” goes away.

Setting them is simple. I use a 2’ level with a magnet on one edge. The magnet holds the level tightly on the planer table and I can easily make any needed adjustments to the extension tables.

Keeping the tables clean and waxed also helps a lot.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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