Jointer Creeper

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Project by Chad256 posted 07-16-2013 05:47 PM 3145 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest update to the shop was a “used” but in good condition Delta JT360 Jointer. The only two things I don’t like about it is the fact that it didn’t have wheels and the dust collection adapter didn’t come with it. One problem solved…

Like so many other LJ’s I have a small shop so space is a BIG factor in equipment. This jointer works great but I needed to be able to move it like all my other large tools. I had a design in my head and just went for it. The fact that the jointer weighs 210 pounds meant I better build it stout! Plus I wanted to keep it as low to the ground as possible to ensure I wouldn’t have to crawl out from under it one day…

The base is 3/4” birch plywood and the “wheel wells” are made from some salvaged oak planed to about 5/8” thick. The casters are from Big Orange. I have about 3/4” clearance underneath so the total height added was only about an inch and a half! Perfect! So far it is holding up very well and I can store it out of the way when not in use!

This is such a simple design and a quick build but well worth the effort and few dollars! Thanks for looking!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#1 posted 07-16-2013 06:36 PM

Nice work! If it makes you feel better, I have a Grizzly 6” jointer that I’m a pretty big fan of, but it might as well not have dust collection the way it throws wood shavings. Embrace the mess.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#2 posted 07-16-2013 06:52 PM

Nice job on that creeper Chad.
I have my jointer on a mover’s dolly and have to chock the wheels for use.
I like the way you were able to keep the machine lower to the ground.

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#3 posted 07-16-2013 07:24 PM

Thanks guys!

BuzzBate – i have not even tried hooking to my DC yet but you are right…what a mess!

Eric – Thanks, it seems to be working out really well so far!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#4 posted 07-16-2013 08:59 PM

A simple cost effective solution that will work on most heavy objects in the shop . I will be stealing this idea and will add a covered storage drawer or bin . Best of all it doesn’t rust since I use a carport ! thanks

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#5 posted 07-16-2013 10:55 PM

Excellent job on the mobile base. Very unique.

Also, that jointer is in SUPER conditions. You’ll use that one for many years!

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#6 posted 07-16-2013 11:25 PM

Good work on the creeper Chad.

I made a frame similar for my jointer using the same wheels by the looks of them.

I had to change them because I roll my jointer outside and the treads became flat under the weight of the jointer.
Have a look at the photos.

They look like the same size?

Unfortunately the jointer is one of the WW machines which should not be moved once it is aligned and setup but as I have no real workshop it has to go down the ramp onto the driveway to be used.

You will wonder how you managed without it when you start working with the materials it joints!

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 07-16-2013 11:30 PM

Brilliant design with the wheels being in-set! Worthy of any magazine publication.

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#8 posted 07-17-2013 12:10 AM

Thanks to everyone for the wonderful comments…

Yworkcb – steal away brother. That’s why we are all here. It should serve you well.

Todd- Thanks! yeah this thing works well. It had a little surface rust but nothing a little super fine grit sandpaper and a couple coats of wax couldn’t cure!

Rob – yeah those casters look exactly the same. I hope mine hold up. Won’t be going far just pull it out when I need it.

Onthefly – thank you very much! That was an excellent compliment! This is what I love about LJ’s…all the support is phenomenal ! Wow.

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#9 posted 07-17-2013 02:11 AM

Great build. I have the same jointer that I bought at an auction several years ago and it works great. Don’t waste your money on the dust collector adaptor. It is a poor design and gets clogged all the time. I took mine off and just quick-clamp the dust collector hose to the out feed shoot and it works really well.

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#10 posted 07-17-2013 02:13 AM

Jeff – thanks for the advice. I think I’m gonna take that advice and build my own now. Thanks for commenting.

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#11 posted 07-17-2013 09:28 AM

Well done, I hear ya my shop is the same everthing is mobile and gets moved around. Enjoy!

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

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#12 posted 07-17-2013 10:13 AM

Nice looking creeper Chad.

This creeper would have made a great candidate for the Roll Around Tool Base made by woodsmith I used that same design for my grizzly GO555P mobile base

Just another option that I couldn’t help myself, don’t mean to step on toes :) by changing out your jointer base to a wood base would have allowed you extra storage, that’s what I did on my bandsaw.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#13 posted 07-17-2013 02:45 PM

Thanks Ken!

Blackie – Thank you! You are right…I wasn’t thinking of storage when I built it but after a couple of suggestions here on LJ’s I think I’ll add to it one day. Having a small shop, I’m always looking for more space so I think having a small cabinet underneath will serve well!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#14 posted 07-17-2013 03:14 PM

Chad the base to my bandsaw is still wrapped up in its plastic bags stored up in the attic. :) Oh I didn’t take into consideration, you have bottom mount motor, not sure how much space you would have?

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#15 posted 07-17-2013 03:47 PM

Well that sounds like the perfect place for it. lol Yeah the motor would precent me from having a full cabinet underneath but could either have a small one under the bottom of the stand (about a foot) or remove the stand and have 18 inches or more. decisions decisions.

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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