Wooden mobile base for the jointer - nothing fancy but economical

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Project by ChuckM posted 10-19-2014 03:37 PM 2327 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cut some scrap 3/4” ply with a circular saw (obviously, it wasn’t a Festool tracksaw) and used surplus castors to build this mobile base a week ago. Brads and screws hold everything in place. A second shelf (with drawers?) may be added to the stand later.

The Delta 6” jointer is secondhand (but with new knives provided); reviews are mixed about its quality. It was rusty but the beds have been refurbished using WD40 and sandpaper, followed by a final coat of Boeshield T-9. From building the base to removing all the rust (all done outdoors in a warm day), it took less than two hours.

I plan to dress rough boards by machine leaving 1/16” in thickness to be removed with a handplane after they are cut to size.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 10-19-2014 03:58 PM

Congrats on the tool. Great base also. I have one question,for safety and stability purposes, it is best to have the wheels close as possible to the edges under the feet. How far in are yours from the edges

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 10-19-2014 04:10 PM

simple and effective, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 10-19-2014 04:15 PM

Hi Norman,

Mine are more or less installed directly under the legs on the four corners, I’d say, about 2” from the edges. It’s not very heavy, but you still need two persons to lift the tool safely.


-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#4 posted 10-19-2014 04:32 PM

Anything to make life in the shop easier is a welcome change.
Looks like you have also done a good job saving her. I would suggest a few passes with some steel wool to give it a smooth finish.

Thanks for posting some pictures.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 10-19-2014 05:23 PM

Thanks, Brad, for the good suggestion. As soon as I can find some steel wool, I plan to put on a coat or two of paste wax, for both a smooth finish as you suggested and extra rust prevention.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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Scott C.

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#6 posted 10-20-2014 01:54 AM

I have that jointer. It’s not great but definitely ok. With sharp knives and good feed technique I can get pretty good results. Watch the fence, it flexes a good amount. Setting the knives is a PITA.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#7 posted 10-20-2014 09:15 PM

I think it’s a genius work. Very practical.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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