Portable Planer Caddy

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 10-03-2012 10:21 PM 2907 views 11 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a steal on a portable 12” Delta planer in a pawn shop a while ago. Rather than lift the 75-85 pound unit onto a table with each use, I built a small cart and built short 12” in-feed and out-feed tables into that. The planer itself simply drops in a recess in the middle, made so things all end up at the proper level.

Wheels on one end are positioned so by lifting a short handle at the opposite end, the cart may easily be wheeled around, taken outside or whatever. The handle could be hinged to swing out of the way if desired. 2×3’s were used for the structure, and 1×4’s for bracing. Plywood gussets keep the legs stiffened and positioned properly.

Dimensions are 24” x 34” x 30” high. The wheels are from Harbor Freight, and mounted on the side of the leg instead the bottom so they will contact the floor when the opposite end is lifted. It was necessary to trim some of the metal off the mounting flanges in order to get the wheels in contact with the floor. A single bolt hole is drilled in each trimmed wheel flange since the original holes were trimmed off. The end result is very handy.

I plan to make a curved chute from 1/4” plywood and sheet metal to take the discharge off to one side and into a garbage bag or something similar.

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 01:45 AM

Most of my equipment is on wheels as well (small shop/garage) so I can certainly appreciate what you
have done!

-- Tim, IL

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 09:00 AM

Lovely idea.
Well made.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 06:27 AM

I’ve been thinking of something similar. Do you find the extended in/out feed tables reduce the snipe?


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#4 posted 03-08-2013 02:40 PM

Thanks for your comment. I believe any extension of your in feed or out feed surfaces reduces sniping, and particularly so for the out feed side. My solution is a portable bench exactly the same height as the planer caddy. This is rolled up next to the out feed side and has completely eliminated sniping with my set up.

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