002: a rolling base for my planer #6: polyurethane, drawer handle, and bolting on the planer

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Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 05-25-2009 11:45 PM 8444 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: staining Part 6 of 002: a rolling base for my planer series Part 7: parallel sliding dovetail drawer slides, part I »

I didn’t like how the “Ebony 2718” Minwax stain looked in the last entry in this series, so I grabbed a can of flat black paint from a recently completed project for my friends’ wedding, and after a 24-hour drying period, painted right over the stain.

painted carcase

painted carcase

I went out to the shop several times yesterday to sand @ 220-grit, and apply another layer of Minwax’s water-based polyurethane. Water-based simply because I had it, and I also don’t love finishing work, and soap-and-water cleanup is about as much hassle as I could be bothered with. After 3 coats – their recommendation – I had something pretty slick:

polyurethane coating

Adding in the handle I chose for the drawer, and reinstalling the drawer, I have to say I really like it.

drawer with handle in place

I think getting the bolts in place took more work than laying out and installing the handle, which, btw, required me to chisel, and ‘hand drill’ (holding a large brad-tip bit in my hands, as my drill wouldn’t nearly fit in the drawer) to create counterbores to sink the drawer screws and little washers through the rear of the drawer’s front, up to the rear surface of the decorative front piece. They were only designed to go through 3/4” panels.

planer bolted on

For the attachment bolts, I finally resorted to taping the heads to the underside to hold the bolts up while I fiddled in the narrow spots to drop the washer, lock washer, and nut onto the 3/8” of exposed bolt. I also had to use a magnet to retrieve the washers a few times.

3/4 view of planer bolts to rolling base

I feel the planer should just come with a base like this in the first place :) I tried to echo the colors found in the planer in the base. Up to you whether or not I came anywhere near success with that. Here it is, deployed. Note that the area behind it is the space it’s going to roll into, but it’s currently completely full with junk.

planer deployed on rolling base

It’s a little bit of a stoop-over to use, but I don’t plane nearly often enough, nor in long enough sessions to worry about it. My favorite bit is that I can finally roll it under the work table (I hope – haven’t tested the final assembly yet, as the table is packed with crap under it!), and put it anywhere in the shop I currently have a free spot during future projects. Note how much crap is around it in this shot. The rest of the garage is worse.

stooping to f eed in a  piece of red oak into the planer on its new stand

All the replacement, spare, and backup blades in my shop are going in this thing, including the planer’s blades, seen here with 2 packs I got each 50% off from Rockler for my 6” Delta jointer. They actually called me at work, made the offer, and I said “Sure, I’ll take two.” I had bought the jointer from them some months earlier.

drawer with replacement blades in planer rolling base

And of course, if I want to lessen cleanup, I can leave the drawer open to catch stray shavings :)

rolling base drawer open under deployed planer

I will post this as a project when I get the table cleared out, cleaned up, and this thing docked in there.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 05-25-2009 11:52 PM

Got er done ,Thumbs up Gary


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#2 posted 05-26-2009 12:04 AM

looks better painted than it did with the stain alone – good call.

and trust me – your garage is tidy compared to what mine looks these days… but that’s no reason not to clean up shop ;)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 05-26-2009 12:07 AM

Nice one. There,s no reason shop furniture souldn,t look good with a bit of style, I reckon it makes the shop enviroment feel more pleasant to work in.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#4 posted 05-26-2009 12:19 AM

I didn’t realize- probably just missed it someplace- that your planer was a Craftsman.

So I’m looking now thru the pics and get to the forth one and think- “why that looks like a Sears Tool Box, how cool!” Then scrolled down one more and it hit me DUH!

Nice Job, Gary!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 05-26-2009 03:07 AM

It finished up real nice Gary!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 05-26-2009 04:20 AM

Gary, this turned out really nice. The cart is a valuable addition to your shop. Now you will have to go to the gym for a workout instead of dead lifting the planer. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 05-26-2009 09:20 AM

It looked so good in the last pic before the planer went on top of it, I thought it might have a 427 with dual quads in it!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 05-26-2009 02:28 PM

It sure looks nice with the planer mounted to it.

Sawdust won’t hang on to the vertical surfaces.

The firs images made it look much larger than the planer base.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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