Planer infeed/outfeed table

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Project by skeemer posted 09-13-2012 09:45 PM 15937 views 28 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier this year I purchased a DeWalt 735 planer at a consignment shop for a steal. As I started to mill down some maple for my next project I was getting annoyed at the snipe, and trying to support the boards (8’) as they went in and out. I found plans for this infeed/outfeed table on Fine Woodworking.

The project used the following:

3/4” melamine shelf cut down to 60” x 13” from Home Depot
8 1/4” lag screws, nuts, washers
Maple struts 1 1/2” x 3/4” x 17”

The second picture shows the lag bolt assembly that keeps the struts elevated and a positive reaction back on the wood to keep it level as it passes through the planer pressure rollers. There is almost no visible snipe. with this table so far after running about 100 passes of various woods, lengths, and thicknesses through the planer. I don’t have a caliper to measure snipe but I can’t feel it or see it anymore and it was clearly there before this project.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-13-2012 10:16 PM

great job on the table.its hard to handle an 8ft board by yourself.glad to here there is almost no snipe.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 09-13-2012 11:33 PM

Thanks for posting this. I just got a planer a couple days ago and I will be keeping your table design in mind.
Great job. :-D

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 03:43 AM

That’s going to go on my list of jigs to make. Have a planer less than a year & have been been thinking about this kind of table. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#4 posted 09-14-2012 07:39 AM

i have the older dewalt and it has some short tables I would like a longer table say 10 feet on each side of the planer

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#5 posted 09-14-2012 12:19 PM

Nice add-on on the DW735.

Is there enough adjustment on the thickness scale on the side of the planer to allow you zero out the scale after installation of your melamine shelf? Or do you have to rely on mentally adjusting for the extension table?

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#6 posted 09-14-2012 02:54 PM

That is a great idea! I made a stand with a longer outfeed table for my portable delta, but I didn’t think to just put the board through the planer. I just made it level with the outfeed side and took the original little usless part off. And I put my outfeed table on hinges so I can make it more compact. Your idea seems like it would make it much more accurate though!

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#7 posted 09-14-2012 05:16 PM

Good job! I recently made a similar addition to my DW735. On the infeed end, I’ve got a hold-down which keeps it pressed down against the table. However, on the outfeed end, I just shimmed it up at the end. In other words, I’ve got a single “hold-up” on the outfeed, and I’m seeing some snipe. Should I add 2-3 “hold-up / hold-downs” on the outfeed like yours?

ChesapeakeBob: Good question on the thickness scale. As I see it, the “official” scale doesn’t have enough adjustment to correct for the 3/4” table, so I just ignore the scale and make liberal use of my thickness gauge (at $10, this is probably the most cost-effective tool I own). If anybody has a better work-around for this, I’d like to hear about it.

-- Jim in Tennessee

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#8 posted 09-14-2012 06:56 PM

Thats great.
Another way to do it is use two sepparate shelves, adjusted level with the planer bed. I have built one that way, and you still get to use the handy depth stops.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 09-14-2012 10:13 PM

How do you like the 735? I have been looking at it but have not pulled the trigger yet. There are a lot of features I like but the disposable blades keep holding me back. I have one of the original Ryobi AP10’s and can’t kill the darn thing no matter how hard I try or what I shove through it. ;-) Local guy re-sharpens the blades for 15 bucks and I’m back at it. Only 10 inch wide capacity also a problem.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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