Drill Press and Planer Cart

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Project by TelescopeMaker posted 04-25-2012 01:51 AM 8192 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finished my new Roll-around Cart for my Drill Press and Planer. It is solid as a rock, and I finished it in record time (for me), and with very few mistakes.

The case is 3/4 plywood (mostly so-called “cabinet” grade from the big box store) on 3” casters. Finish is oil primer followed by a sanding, and two coats of Behr oil based paint inside and out.

The main platform is a drawer with a flip-down front to provide stability for the planer it carries. Under it, and on the right side is a drawer, because there was room, and who doesn’t like drawers? The side that it is on is the only screw up I did. It was supposed to be on the other side, but really, it doesn’t matter. The drawer is my first attempt at box joints. They worked out perfect (thanks to the tips from the guys at Wood magazine a few years ago)

The top is two layers of ply with 3/4” x 1 1/2” poplar banding all around with rounded corners, because I am clumsy. The third picture shows that the back of the top has more overhang. This is because there is one layer of foundation bricks that stick into the room by about 4 inches. This will ensure that the top goes all the way to the wall.

I almost did this as a flip-top cart, but that drill press is 90 pounds, with most of it’s weight at the top, and I just couldn’t make it balance.

Now that I have it, I think I might make a little hutch for the space behind the drill press There is more room than I thought.

The next project will be a cart of the same height, that I will put some other tool on. Haven’t decided yet ;-)


-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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#1 posted 04-25-2012 02:52 AM

Really nice.

Thanks for sharing it.

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#2 posted 04-25-2012 12:09 PM

nice, want to do the same for those tools and was thinking fliptop, may have to reconsider

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#3 posted 04-25-2012 12:56 PM

I like this idea much better than the flip-flop setups. Very nice.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 04-25-2012 02:57 PM

Bill, is that just for planer storage, or do you actually use it down there? I need to do something similar for my O.S. Sander.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#5 posted 04-25-2012 03:47 PM

I like the idea of a drop down door that provides support and stability. Good thinking.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 04-25-2012 04:11 PM

The second picture showing the planer storage made this idea click for me. Really well done.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 04-25-2012 04:43 PM

Nice job, should serve you well.

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

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#8 posted 04-25-2012 05:21 PM

That is a great looking cart you made there.

-- Tim - I usally measure twice after I cut......then I know for sure that I cut it short.....

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#9 posted 04-25-2012 09:43 PM

That drop down door is the #%&*! Well you know what I mean. The whole cabinet came out real nice.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#10 posted 04-26-2012 03:34 AM

The planer is actually used in that position. (it used to be on the floor!) But it’s not bolted down, so I can move it if I need to.

The trick with the flip down door is that the hinge is exactly half way between the floor and the underside of the top. That defined the opening and the height of it all, minus the height of the casters. I suggest buying the casters first to get their measurements.

Here is my plan on sketchup 3d warehouse.

Drill Press and slide out Planer cart with drawer

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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#11 posted 05-14-2012 03:55 AM

very good idea saving on shop space is always cool. How u like your ryobi drillpress?

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#12 posted 05-16-2012 09:31 PM

I like the drill press a lot. Much more accurate than the 8” HF one I had. I thought that the laser guide was a gimmick, but it really helps a lot, so it’s icing on the cake for me. It is louder than it should be though. Maybe it’s the continually variable speed. (its got those variable pulleys on the inside. The little 15 watt incandescent lamp was a joke, so I replaced it for a CFL that has a 60 watt equiv output. The 12” swing is great!

-- Telescope Maker, Woodworker, Brewer, Gizmologist, Gardner, Lawn Mower

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#13 posted 05-23-2012 10:50 PM

Smart space saving solution….. I like your pull outs…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#14 posted 07-06-2012 08:19 PM

Very nice. I like it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 07-19-2019 02:12 PM

Just stumbled upon your design. It’s brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

The link failed me. But I found your model by searching the 3D Warehouse for:

Drill Press and slide out Planer cart with drawer

Thanks again.

-- Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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