New shop cart for the new planer

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Project by Paul posted 08-04-2014 01:20 AM 8723 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picked up a new planer this week from CL. After picking it up a handful of times from its storage under the mitre saw bench I decided I didn’t want to lift it anymore.

My shop vac always gets snagged on every piece of equipment in my shop so I decided to incorporate it in the new rolling planer station. I gave it very beefy casters to roll over my anti fatigue mats that are all over my tiny shop.

Added some shop made red oak cord hooks to manage the very long power cables and hole in the back to manage the shop vac hose. Its pretty compact, rolls very easy and I’m overall pretty happy with it.

It tucks away nicely into a corner next to my rolling drill press / finishing station.

Thanks for looking,


Edit: Added a few handy places for tool storage for some of the stuff I use alot.

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 01:00 PM

Nice! How do you like the Ridgid? I am THIS close to buying the same one. I have had my eye on it for a while. It seems like a majority of the reviews are positive.

On the same cart note, I have been visualizing a cart for it and my power miter saw. I’m thinking about doing a stepped version. The upper section would hold the miter saw, with some flip up wings on each side. The lower section would hold the planer. The width of the cart would be just wide enough for the miter saw, since the depth of the planer is less than that, I could have it sitting perpendicular to the miter saw, with the infeed/outfeed tables folded up when it’s not it use.

-- Jason R.

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 04:19 PM

That is a great idea. My shop vac is always in the way and I already have my planer sitting on a rolling cart. I should do the same thing.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Brad, Texas,

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Joshua Oehler

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 05:41 PM

Nice cart. I own the same planer and have been thinking about making something like this.
@KE4NYV I love this planer personally. I actually own a dewalt too and it is stored on a shelf. I find this one easier to use and more reliable. Alot of people probably have varied opinions on this but I have had nothing to complain about with this planer. I will also mention that I am just a hobbist these days and I do not use it all day every day like other may.

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 05:00 AM


I picked up the ridged planer on a whim. It was $50 and practically brand new. After 3 days of use I like it much more than my dewalt 733, so much so that I sold the 733 today. The quality of cut between the 2 is the same, both 3 blades and roughly the safe feed rate. The ridged is simply faster to use, the ball bearing indi cut “I think that’s the name” for quickly taking measurement of what I’m taking off is a joy to use.

It’s a little louder than the 733 but I don’t see this as an issue because any lunchbox planer requires hearing protection.

The dust collection on the ridged is far superior on the rear end but it spits out more chips on the infeed side than the 733 did.

I’m enjoying using the ridged far more than my 6 year old 733 dewalt.


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#5 posted 08-05-2014 09:32 AM

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 08-05-2014 02:16 PM

Thanks for the response Paul! Based on what you are Joshua said, I’m thinking this is planer for me. Your cart looks great. I was thinking for mine, I might duct in some PVC for both it and the miter saw, then have one output that I can feed to my dust collector.

I picked up the bench top Port-Cable jointer this weekend and I was thinking about how I could integrate a third, lower platform on one side for that, as well. The only hiccup with that is the fence brack that sticks out about a foot from the back. I would have to cut a hole in the side of the cart for this, but I would still have to scoot the whole unit out to adjust the fence. I guess I need to think that over some more.

-- Jason R.

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