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Project by Mark Atwater posted 03-25-2019 12:15 AM 676 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up with a new planer cart. I was getting very sick of picking this thing up and putting it away with it being so heavy. I made a final resting place for it. I took the design from a FWW article. No plans but some extremely helpful drawings. MrFid’s design here on LumberJocks was a great reference as well.

It is all made from 3/4 inch plywood and some melamine for the in feed and out feed supports. The supports are then edged with some maple that I had on hand. I am able to raise and lower the supports with a carriage bolt mounted in the swinging arms to raise and lower them. The front of the in feed and out feed supports are on hinges that are mounted to a moveable block giving me the ability to adjust right up to the start of the planer bed. The cabinet is placed on casters to make it completely moveable.

So far I love this thing. It gives me the in feed and out feed support I wanted without taking up a huge foot print in my shop. My plan is to eventually make the bottom into a space to collect the chips coming out the back. I have gotten some good cuts with no to very minimal snipe with this. It has been great!

I think this may be my last shop project for awhile. I feel like I have my garage set up the way I like it…. until I see something cool made on LumberJocks! I am ready to get working with more hardwood now rather than plywood. Thanks for looking!

-- Mark, Iowa





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#1 posted 03-25-2019 01:41 AM

Looks good and should keep it’s footprint smaller. Good job !!! Mel

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#2 posted 03-25-2019 02:34 AM

Neat!

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#3 posted 03-25-2019 03:16 AM

Mark,

Stellar job on building the planer cart…..it looks stout…..Lots of room for mounting a shop vac underneath which would draw the dust and chips from the planer….I don’t know what size dust port the planer has (maybe a 4”), so going from a 2 1/2” hose to a 4”.....?

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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#4 posted 03-25-2019 02:08 PM

Great looking cart Mark. I just purchased the same planer and have been looking into what kind of cart to place it on.

Anything that you would change or add to it?

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#5 posted 03-25-2019 05:07 PM

Looking very nice.
I’m in the same situation as you and I’m really wondering about making something like this as my next project. However, I also have a small jointer that I have the same issue with. Would be great to find a way to include both in the same stand – as my space is sparse…

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#6 posted 03-25-2019 09:53 PM

Very nicely done!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 03-26-2019 01:09 AM


Mark, Stellar job on building the planer cart…..it looks stout…..Lots of room for mounting a shop vac underneath which would draw the dust and chips from the planer….I don t know what size dust port the planer has (maybe a 4”), so going from a 2 1/2” hose to a 4”.....?

- Rick Dennington


The planer has a great blower in the back so there is no need for a shop vac. I plan on ducting a 4 inch hose down to some sort of collector under the cart. Probably something homemade.

Great looking cart Mark. I just purchased the same planer and have been looking into what kind of cart to place it on.

Anything that you would change or add to it?

- PoohBaah


So far so good for me. Nothing too major I would change. I should have splurged on some better casters to lug it around but that is a pretty small feature. I am thrilled with how it works. It makes planing much more enjoyable.

-- Mark, Iowa

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#8 posted 03-26-2019 03:35 AM

Nice work, should give you plenty of good use in the future. As for casters, a suggestion. Get someone to weld you up a angle iron frame much like a typical mobile base. Get at least 350 lb casters. Trust me you will feel a difference and the wheels will last much longer.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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