Rolling Planer Table

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Project by Ken90712 posted 10-20-2009 02:20 AM 4092 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Planer was getting too heavy to lift when needed ( 90 #’s ) so I decided to make a quick table out of scraps. I use 2×12’s a friend gave me from his facia boards on his house. Put together in about 2 hrs, then decided it needed to look better, so I filled in gaps/joints and sanded and painted. Routed the tabletop and bolted the planer to the top. It rolls nice when tilted back, still looking for a pole to slide in/out of the front board to help lift. Need one more coat of paint on the legs, had some bleed through but I needed the planer today. Its effective but not something I would put in my house.

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

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#1 posted 10-20-2009 02:30 AM

Nice planer table.

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#2 posted 10-20-2009 03:48 AM

Looks like easy moving but I wonder about the possibility of tipping over.


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#3 posted 10-20-2009 04:54 AM

Sweet Table!!

I redesigned my old planer table when upgraded to the Dewalt. Very similar to yours except I have a couple of shelves to store my scroll saw and the fittings that came with the planer.


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

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#4 posted 10-20-2009 05:33 AM

I’ve got my planer rolling around on a stool and a moving dolly. I need to make this. :-)

-- Roy L, Arizona

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#5 posted 10-20-2009 06:16 AM

Roller stands are great ideas and that one looks well constructed but alsolooks like it would be a bit top-heavy, especially if you were feeding in long, thick stock. Any problems so far?

I ask due to my recent experiences with feeding 12” x 3” x 91” slabs of laminated ash (long and HEAVY) into my planer. My stand is about 28” square and tipping was something I felt constantly concerned about. Always had a spare assistant around to help the that helps too.

-- Mistake? No, that's just an unexpected design opportunity....

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#6 posted 10-20-2009 06:34 AM

I tested it today with a 8’ board of 8/4 and no problems of tipping at all. I was thinking the same in the beginning. The rubber feet once adjusted are solid on the concrete floor. Thx for looking everyone.

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

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#7 posted 10-20-2009 07:24 AM

My exact first thoughts were that it looked top heavy and possibly tippy as well. For safety’s sake , I would install a shelf on the bottom and put a bag or two of sand on it while planing : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 10-20-2009 11:53 AM

Looks the business Ken

I made a rolling planer station but mounted it on a cabinet, the contents of the starage adds plenty of ballast, and there is no tipping problem,Ken as an alternative to lugging heavy bags of sand around you might be able to clamp on temporary out riggers(OR TEMPORARY OUTFEED TABLE) to increase stability, however you dont want to create a tripping hazard, further I personally would avoid having sand anywhere near machinery with bearings etc, you have certainly got my grey cell working, keep up the good work’


-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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#9 posted 10-20-2009 12:41 PM

This is a nice addition to your shop, Ken. For those of us with smaller shops putting seldom used tools on mobile stands is a great space saving idea.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#10 posted 10-20-2009 09:18 PM

bbbb ”further I personally would avoid having sand anywhere near machinery with bearings etc, you have certainly got my grey cell working”???

My sand is in sealed bags…I didn’t suggest for him to throw a couple of shovelfuls on top of his planer… can make the bags as heavy as you want them to be and also use them as weights for veneering , etc.. Countless numbers of wood turners use them on their lathes to deaden vibration and add stability to their machines. Never heard a single one complain that their machinery was devastated by sand entering the bearings.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 10-21-2009 03:15 AM

Thanks for the post. I am planning to make a rolling stand for my dewalt too and have been mulling over designs. Always nice to see someone elses work. I was think of locking casters all the way around but I like design better.

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#12 posted 10-21-2009 05:59 AM

Right now my planer has taken up residence on a nice pair of saw horses. I need the saw horses. This table looks like a good solution. Simple!! How high is it? THANK You for the post Maybe add a cabinet below to use the space.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#13 posted 10-21-2009 10:09 AM

Thx for all the comments, questions and concerns of this being possibly too top heavy. Rob Drown, I think it’s made 35” tall. Ill ck in the next day or so and shoot you the dimensions. I made it this high being it was a perfect height for me to work w/o bending over. It’s the perfect height for tilting it back and rolling into the corner. With that said, yesterday I ran 10-12 boards through about 10 times each constantly watching and cking to see if perhaps my fellow woodworkers were correct in thier concerns of being top heavy. So far so good. Being in Aircraft MX for over 25 yrs over kill is in my blood, so I was looking for a reason to correct the design. Design things is something I have been trying to improve on. As suggested I might add a bottom shelf for a sand bag if needed when I run boards longer than 8 feet. So far I ran 8’ 8/4 of purple heart and rock maple through w/o the slightest hint of tipping.
Agian thx for your help.

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

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#14 posted 11-27-2009 06:03 PM

I like this. I have a belt/disk sander that needs a rolling stand, but it needs to be skinny to make room for the dust collection hoses. This could work.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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