Shop Cart for Planer and Compressor

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Project by FloridaArt posted 10-02-2011 06:04 PM 2747 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

October, 2011—Recently I added a portable 12-inch thickness planer to my wood shop—a nice find on Craig’s List. It is an older Delta, and heavy! Lifting it onto saw horses each time I wanted to use it was getting old fast. Also, I want to be able to roll it outside to use, letting nature handle most of the dust collection. I realized I also needed a place to store my portable “pancake” air compressor. With all those needs in mind, and looking at what wood and plywood scraps I had on hand, out popped this design.

The bottom shelf is 5-inches above the ground. The upper shelf is 22-inches up. The bottom shelf is 24 by 17 inches, and the top shelf is 24 by 21.5 inches. The upper shelf needed the extra width to fit the planer, which is 21-inches wide. All joints are glued and screwed. If you look closely you can see some reinforcing members on the inside. This thing is solid!

I gave it a coat of green stain, and followed that with two coats of brush-on glass lacquer.

Now over the coming months we’ll see how this works out in practice. One potential enhancement might be to install a dual or quad electrical box with ~10-foot (or longer) cord. That way I could keep these two machines plugged in at all times, and only have one cord to juggle after I’ve moved the cart to where I plan to use it. I’m thinking about it.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 07:42 PM

The casters will make this even more handy. Good solution to your problem.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 08:18 PM

Nice utility cart. And good idea about the plugs.

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 10:38 PM

Great cart! I really like the rustic look provided by that green stain.

It’s a “portable” planer but those things are still very heavy and hard to move. I have mine on a flip cart with a sliding compound miter saw.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 01:10 AM

Great idea !!

I hate moving things to do something , so something like this is a great idea that can get good use !!
Add that power board mate !!! you will find the powerboard useful for other things while your out there !!

You are a thinking man !! with great ideas !!

Good Stuff !!

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#5 posted 10-03-2011 05:26 AM

Nicely done. I’ve recently purchased a 12” thickness planer also, and so far have been storing it under one of my work tables, but I have also been thinking about making a rolling stand for it because those machines ARE heavy to pick up and put away. You did a nice job, making use of the lower portion for your compressor. My compressor is installed under my main workbench with a 50 ft. hose attached to the walls to go to the other end of the shop where my garage door is.. that way the hose is handy for pumping my car tires outside the door of my shop.


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#6 posted 10-03-2011 11:43 AM

nice cart. I hope at least 2 of those wheels lock..

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 10-03-2011 01:47 PM

Nice! A really back saver.

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#8 posted 10-18-2011 01:34 AM

Thank you all for your comments. I added wiring, which is a nice convenience. I cut off the female end of a 15-amp extension cord to connect to the electrical box. The box contains 4 heavy-duty outlets. Here is a photo. As you can see from the wood chips in the grass, I just planed some lumber!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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