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azor

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2062 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: carts bench top planer planer

I am looking for an inexpensive way to build a cart for my Delta bench top planer. Ideally, it should be able to roll under my work bench which has around a 34” height clearance and the casters lockable. The Delta planer is about 17” high. I recently saw a cart model with a flip top in a recent Wood Mag “2008 Best Ever Workshops” issue, but costing it out ran up a material bill around $140 even though I used poplar instead of maple and all panels were MDF as that is what I can get out of Lowes, H.D. locally. This figure includes $5, 3” locking urethane casters from [you guessed it] Harbor Freight.

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mrtrim

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#1 posted 2062 days ago

check with gizmo he did a real nice one a while back

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/4768

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#2 posted 2062 days ago

the lockable casters are always going to set you back. Have you considered fold-down feet or skids instead of locking casters? Or two non-locking, non-swivel casters and two feet instead?

I’ve seen probably a dozen planer cart designs and can’t see where they would be that expensive.

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FlWoodRat

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#3 posted 2062 days ago

It doesnt have to be fancy. Check out the second pic in this post. You could always make it shorter. Might cost you less than $20 for the wood and $10 for the castors. You probably have some scrap that will fit the bill.

I built mine out of some scrap 2×4’s and 3/4” ply.

http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/FlWoodRat/blog/6803

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azor

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#4 posted 2061 days ago

Thanks for the suggestions. With them and some more reflective thinking I have come up with an idea on how to combine them with the concept of the original WOOD mag article to end up with something that stores under my work bench and flips up for use. It won’t be fancy like the article, but will git-r-done. I’m thinking of building a scaled down model to make sure I’ve thought of everything. I don’t have the scrap piles some of you seem to have. I will have to ugh, buy, all the material. I’ll take a picture or two when it’s done. Knowing me, that could be weeks. Uh oh, I’m going to need to learn how to add pictures to my posts, hmmmm.

Dick

-- It isn't as easy as the demos make it seem.

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robdew

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#5 posted 2061 days ago

Maybe more ideas here:

http://www.shopnotesspecials.com/smallshop/plans/pdf/10-plywood-projects.pdf

props to another lumberjock who built and posted the lumber rack in this issue.

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azor

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#6 posted 2061 days ago

Robdew,

Nice plans on the url you sent. I saved them for future study/use. I think I will stay focused on a planer mounting I can flip down for storage and up for use to save my “senior back”. Using ideas previously mentioned I am getting my costs down around $50 considering I have to buy everything.

-- It isn't as easy as the demos make it seem.

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