Fliptop planer/jointer with 4' folding feed tables

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Project by Holbs posted 10-03-2014 11:16 PM 6135 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Machinery real estate is always a concern in a 2 car garage. I have a Rigid 13” planer and a Rockwell 6” jointer. Both machines were on individual immovable stands, as well as both having short bed issues with medium to long pieces. Here is my solution. I went into this project with the following points to cover:
1.) A fliptop would serve the ideal purpose because the jointer is 2” longer than the planer so they would match lengthwise for a fliptop project.
2.) 4’ infeed and 4’ outfeed tables that can be stowed when not in use AND be removable for other machines (future miter saw, saw, etc projects).
3.) the stand would HAVE to be on wheels.
4.) dust collection has to be figured out.
5.) use up the obnoxious amount of 2/4’s I had laying around taking up space.

loosely based on the planer stand by Christopher Merrill

First, I had to conquer the base structure. It had to be stout as there will be 100lbs+. I laminated 2 2×4’s and used 35+ double floating tenons with 5” castor wheels to move around. I messed up cutting the tenons with my router as I kept resetting the router for other tasks, which was a mistake. Some tenons were 1/8” off and this culminated in mis-matched measurements later on. Oh well. Lesson learned.
Next, I wanted to dabble in my first attempt at torsion boxes. I had a sheet of 4’x8’ 1/2” MDF to use up. I made 2 4’ long torsion boxes which will lead me to better do’s / dont’s next time. The folding, stow away, and removable aspects took some thought and engineering. The torsion boxes are not physically attached to anything, while instead using gravity and friction to stay in place. They are adjustable by the round feet at the structure and at the ends by all thread so that things stay co-planer. I ran out of knobs so will have to go get more but for now, a wrench works. Added hardboard across the top for protection.
Next, dust collection. I had no idea how this was going to work at the start. The distance between planer and jointer bed heights are 3” This leaves a 2 1/2” (after 1/2” mdf under the planer) gap void for a dust collection cavity. I cut a rectangular hole (it wasn’t pretty) underneath the jointer blades through the fliptop panel, enclosed the cavity under the planer, and added a 6” HVAC removable fitting. I do not believe this is 100% effective in a 2 1/2” x 10” square cavity into a 6” fitting, but it is all I had to work on. And it does work.
The ‘locking’ mechanism I tried out of keeping the platform locked into place works, but not for long. It seems, douglas fir 2×4’s are brittle when pressure is applied to small pieces. My original plan was to have a 4” piece front and back with 3/4” dado’s on a hinge. For now, I just stick a 3/4” piece length-wise into the grooves to hold things firm. One day, I’ll have to cut out the grooves on each of the 4 posts with some maple or oak hardwood.

I consider this a utilitarian project. So many errors came out of this, but it does work as intended. It is not pretty, so should match the rest of my garage perfectly :)

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 10-04-2014 01:06 AM

Well, I’d say you figured it out very well. That looks great, thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 10-04-2014 06:09 AM

Nice setup, I have been wanting to do this for years.

-- Vince

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#3 posted 10-04-2014 02:41 PM

Great job, the wings look like they should serve you well.

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

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#4 posted 10-04-2014 09:43 PM

Whoa…I have been collecting a lot of flip top ideas lately, but this rocks. Nice.

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