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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 06-10-2014 02:13 PM 1240 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MT_Stringer

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06-10-2014 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer

I am rethinking the design of my planer stand. It is a flip top cart and works great. But, it takes up too much room in my small workshop. The footprint is 30×30 inches. Any reduction in size will be a big help.

Currently, I don’t have a tool on the flip side. I had even thought about buying the Dewalt stand designed for my planer but I just can’t do it. I’ll make another one.

I know there are more plans, projects and ideas out in inet land, but I am going to forge ahead and do it my way! :-)

Plywood sides, top and bottom. One drawer for storing stuff. Storage area underneath that will hold my 4 inch collapsible dust collection hose (which is always in my way when not in use).

No more than 20 inches wide. Not sure about the length but I plan to keep it compact.
My DW734 has wings and I have an outfeed table so I don’t need all the fancy bells and whistles. Just the basic stand…w/face frames front and back, pocket hole construction, glued and tatoo’d! :-)

Stay tuned. There will be pics soon.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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#1 posted 06-10-2014 04:26 PM

Sounds good. :-)
Watching with interest.

I’m in a small shop too and have my planer on an easy shop stand (great design) but will be building a flip top cart similar to this one pretty soon since I recently got a ridgid spindle/belt sander.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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runswithscissors

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#2 posted 06-11-2014 08:25 AM

Wow. That second link (“No Comment #1) is great! I like the showing of the process without a lot of inane palaver. I wish more U tube videos were like that.

I have tried working at Lance’s speed, but I just made a mess of things.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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johnhutchinson

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#3 posted 06-11-2014 10:04 PM

Just a suggestion …

I bought one of these at Woodcraft when it was on sale for around $40. I attach my planer to it with C-clamps and I’ve been very pleased with the stability.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 06-11-2014 10:09 PM

I recommend the Dewalt factory stand. It has a built-in mobile base and works really well. I think one could spend the same on plywood and casters making their own cart.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 06-11-2014 10:32 PM

Or, just make a taller version of this

This one is from a 2×10, and about knee-cap high. Make it a bit taller, and use a 2×12 instead. Set the planer so that the wood travels down the top, not across it. You could even add a lower shelf. Either to hold a sandbag or two, or just stowage.

Mine cost about $4 for the legs. You can get a 2×12 at the BORG for a few dollars. Easy to make, too.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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MT_Stringer

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#6 posted 06-11-2014 11:03 PM

Those are some good ideas. But I have some plywood, and locking casters that need a new home. :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 06-12-2014 01:34 AM

do you have an existing bench?? If so then blot the planer to a piece of plywood, and clamp it to the bench. When your done then unclamp it and store it away.

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#8 posted 06-12-2014 01:48 AM

Shawn I did that about twice before I realized moving around an 80lb planer isn’t fun for long.
Then it still takes up space for storage.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 06-12-2014 01:50 AM

“Shawn I did that about twice before I realized moving around an 80lb planer isn’t fun for long.”

Yep, what he said.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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MT_Stringer

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#10 posted 06-12-2014 02:03 AM

This is what I am going to build. All I need for it to do is support the planer. And store my dust collector hose when I am not using it. It will give me an additional 10 inches of floor space and add storage. I am short on storage, wall space and floor space.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 06-12-2014 02:20 AM

I built my stand for the same planer, it has a minimal footprint and is totally mobile. Actually it not yet complete cause I haven’t done drawers etc yet, but the stand is done. By minimal I mean it basically the size of the planer and works just great and I have probably about $50-60 bucks in it. Most of that is in the casters. Search here and you should find posts by me showing pictures of some of the stands that I have built and how I do things, but I’ll try and come back if you want and show some particulars, just not tonight, getting late, and I would have to find too many things to take pictures, and pictures don’t work in my garage with my digital camera at night :(. Feel free to PM if you want too.

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Whiskers

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#12 posted 06-12-2014 02:23 AM

LOL, the first mobile stand I built for a tool I did the same stupid dumb thing you did, built it way oversize. Don’t know what I was thinking, maybe I secretely wanted to fly airplanes off it. 30×30 is big.

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MT_Stringer

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#13 posted 06-12-2014 02:41 AM

” 30×30 is big.”.
Yes sir, it is. I hope to get started this weekend. I think I have everything I need here in the shop. I won’t have any use for the flip top cart so I am trying to sell it (just for the hardware) to a friend but he hasn’t replied to my private message.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Whiskers

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#14 posted 06-12-2014 03:17 AM

LOL, well I wouldn’t try to sell something like that to a friend. For one thing, it pawning off a mistake, and that may make him less than a friend. The flip top table concept is something I have explored in the past, and if you pulled it off that is great, too bad you did it on such a grandiose scale though. I think that works best for small tools like bench grinders etc. My big mistake I use as a portable outdoor workbench when I want to work outside, do sanding, or heavy nailing, or work on car parts, but it ain’t flip flop top. My stands are all built with 1×2 framing and luann ply on the sides and usually the tops which is very cheap. Sometimes I use heavier ply for the floor of the base and the top if the tool is heavier. They have no flex, and the system works great. Simple construction, cheap materials, looks good when done. I paint, not looking for furniture grade in my shop. When you need structural strength, CDX is your friend, and it cheap. You can make it pretty too.

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MT_Stringer

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#15 posted 06-12-2014 03:32 AM

I have the planer on one side, and for awhile, I had an oscillating sander on the other side. It was a simple one finger rotation method. I can still rotate it without anything on the flip side. If I can’t find a home for it, I will have to cut it up. :-(

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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