Planer + Sander cart

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Project by mnguy posted 07-27-2012 02:10 PM 5873 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a small, weirdly L-shaped basement shop, and I try to keep things mobile, since I have about 2 paths to feed boards through machinery, and one is taken up by the table saw / router table. I didn’t have any original ideas for this cart; lots of Lumberjocks have built similar carts, and the magazines have had similar designs, too. I guess my only ‘innovation’ was putting a tool on both sides.

I wanted something sturdy, and since I wanted a tool on both sides, I couldn’t put a back on the cart. So, I made the sides from two layers of 3/4” plywood, and added the largest gussets I could on the bottom of the opening. The top is two layers of 3/4” MDF, with maple edging with a bronze bushing to ride on the pivot shaft. Using bushings and washers allowed me to stiffen up the top opening a bit by putting some tension on the threaded shaft while still being able to pivot the top. The drawer keeps all the sander bits and pieces in one spot. I am very happy with the results.

On a side note, the Ridgid sander and planer have both been great.

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 02:48 PM

Great job, I like the upgrades you have incorparated into this well done. I made mine a while back from a plan and its still going stronlg with my planer and 12 sliding miter saw on it.

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

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 07:04 PM

I like this a lot, beefy and practical. Thanks for the idea. Fave for sure.

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 08:12 PM

I hope you don’t mind, I have a couple of questions…

What size threaded rod did you use?
Can you provide a better description of the bushing?

This type of cart is in my near future. In fact, I already have most of the material to build one…out of 2x material. I am still recycling lumber from an old work bench and several pallets. :-)

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#4 posted 07-28-2012 12:04 AM

Ditto to MT_Stringer. Do you think this cart could handle a 6” Jointer instead of a Sander?

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#5 posted 07-28-2012 12:10 AM

btw, did you get the plans for this anywhere in particular?

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#6 posted 07-28-2012 08:17 PM

I’ve seen several of these now, but always love to see them done different ways, good job, it looks very sturdy!

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#7 posted 07-29-2012 12:29 PM


Thank you for the positive comments.

The threaded rod is 1/2”. I was concerned about the threads wearing the maple frame/edging of the top over time, sothe rod runs through bronze bushings which are set in the edges of the top. I can’t show this detail withot disassembling the thing, so a description will have to do :) if you go to a good haedware store,, they should have some bushings in those slide out trays of less common hardware. Frankly,, they probably aren’t necessary as long as the rod rides in hardwood.

The cart is sturdy. A couple other Jocks have posted their carts and they made lighter carts and the top is secured from pivoting by bolts and threaded knobs that pull everything together and stiffen it up. I went with mass; both approaches seem to work. I think it would carry a 6” joiner without a problem.

I didn’t work off a plan; I was inspired by projects from other Jocks and an American Woodworker plan from several years ago, but I just made some sketches and built it.

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