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Forum topic by Vrtigo1 posted 02-28-2013 07:14 PM 636 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2013 07:14 PM

I purchased this planer used a year or two ago and it came with the fold down particle board in/outfeed tables instead of the nicer roller tables. The guy that had it before me lost the hardware that attaches the metal table support arms to the stand so he attached some cheap L brackets and used those, however that causes the tables to be very unstable to the point where they flex downward when you apply even a small amount of weight to them. Naturally because of this, I have problems with snipe.

I haven’t really used the planer much since I bought it but when I have I just did the best I could and ran planed boards through my drum sander to get rid of snipe. I want to take some time to correct the root problem but not sure the best way to go about it. Ideally I would like to find a set of the roller tables, but I have been looking on and off for a year and haven’t found anywhere to buy them.

I was thinking the next best thing would be to create a stationary table 15” wide by about 6’ long. That would rest on the bed of the planer underneath the cutter head and it would stick out each end about 2’. I would put formica on it and wax it so it would be slippery and wood would not get hung up on it. Then I’d figure some way to attach it to the planer so it couldn’t move. Most importantly, I’d joint a couple of 6’ long boards and use them to reinforce the table so it can’t flex. The problem I see with this approach is that I’d lose about 2-2.5” of the vertical capacity of the planer. That isn’t a huge problem as I rarely plane anything thicker than 8/4 but wanted to throw this out there and see if anybody had a better idea.


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#1 posted 02-28-2013 07:42 PM

I would recommend something close to your solution, but you will maintain the full depth capacity of your planer (and depth stop settings if applicable).
Start with a strip of formica 6” wider than your planer. The planer will sit on the formica, and can be attached with screws. Then a second strip of formica, also 6” wider than the planer will be in the same plane as your planer bed. Cut it in half, one side is for the infeed, and the other for outfeed. The top sheets are held in place with bolts, washers and locknuts. The idea is the top layer of mdf is height adjustable to bring it level with the planer. Adjust the far edges of the infeed and outfeed tables 1/16” high, and you will never see snipe again.
here is Mike’s version … http://lumberjocks.com/projects/34959
His setup uses the factory table extensions too, but it would work equally well (if not better) without them. These can be fancy with jig knobs, or just functional. I would recommend melamine as you pointed out, to minimize friction. Remember to chamfer the edges of the melamine so the stock won’t get hung up.

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