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Project by RockyBlue posted 01-12-2011 05:41 AM 3005 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this PM 64 from a friend without the base, so I used some new 2×4 and scrap sheets to build this thing. It has a fully adjustable height outfeed table and a flip up planer table, as well as dust collection, storage and a router table. Then I made a clamp-on dust fence for the router using the accu-fence for adjustment. I also used some old casters so it can be somewhat mobile if need be. I added 2 more support feet in the center (not pictured) to prevent sagging over time. It is very sturdy and took very little time, so I guess its good enough. I didn’t see the need to make it “purdy”, its just another tool.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 05:53 AM

Very nice build! It’s quite clever and packs a lot of woodworking machinery in a small area. I know you just made it and will have to see how it goes but I wonder about how far out you made the base on the infeed side of the saw. You have no room to stand close to the saw. It’s sort of like the absence of a toe kick. You may find yourself reaching as you push lumber through the blade. Just an observation. Again, nice build.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 06:00 AM

Looks ‘purdy’ to me! What are those metal stabilizer to keep it from moving around called? Where’d you get them?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 06:05 AM

then I added 2 of these in the middle.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 06:31 AM

Damn nice table. Functional and mobile. I will take two.

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#5 posted 01-12-2011 07:13 AM

Sorry that is way too ugly for you to keep. Build your self something purdy and I’ll come take that eyesore off your hands and store in my garage for you. While I’m there you might as well get rid of that spindle sander and that horrid drill press you have in the background too. I’m just glad I came by in time to help you out…poor fella. It’s good thing you have someone on the LJ board looking out for you.

-- You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do. - Henry Ford

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#6 posted 01-12-2011 08:02 AM

Great use of space! Nice job.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 02:01 PM

Very nice. I’m curious though. Why didn’t you make the planer table line up with the cabinet top to extend it as well?

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 04:33 PM

hey bud you cant put a price on the effort you put into making it, very nice man

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#9 posted 01-12-2011 05:41 PM

I really like the concept of the flip-up planer – never thought about that while I’ve been considering options for my small shop.


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#10 posted 01-12-2011 07:25 PM

Great job on this whole set up. Looks great and practical with a good flow. Well done.

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

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#11 posted 01-12-2011 08:01 PM

Great set up. Thanks for sharing. I’m just going to put this in my favs for future reference.

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#12 posted 01-12-2011 09:40 PM

An entire shop in an island. Fantastic “tool”.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 01-12-2011 10:01 PM

I had precious few inches of clearance to my front and back wall with the saw where it is to still be able to cut a 8’ board, so the planer had to have about a 6” overhang onto the router table to be able to feed a 8’ board through the planer. Its not ideal, but I am buying a 20” planer asap, so the 13” probably won’t see much use then. I had the planer on a rolling cart before and that was a terrible idea, so I just decided to make it stationary. I was stressing about what type of cabinet to build for the saw because I didn’t have a lot of time or a decent table saw to build it.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#14 posted 01-13-2011 02:21 AM

Looks great, wonderful job

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

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