Custom table saw/planer base

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Project by ADHDan posted 02-13-2014 04:04 PM 5741 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In an 11’x17’ shop, the R4512 has a pretty big floor footprint with lots of wasted space underneath. So I decided to build a custom base with storage for accessories and a stand for my planer. The base is an old conference room table donated by my office, resting on six casters (four locking). The carcases are melamine, which I stocked up on when I found a giant pile in the BORG cull bin. So the total cost was maybe $20.

Previously, the planer was on a flip-top stand; it was a hassle to flip it over for use, and it was oriented the wrong way in the shop. So I put the planer under the TS wing, figuring that if I have room to plane a board I have room to rip that same board. I also added various slots, dividers, etc. for storing miter gauges, pushpads, and other small TS jigs. Eventually I plan to build drawers to replace the open shelves, and I’ll add edging to the exposed melamine edges.

I have separate DC lines running from each tool to a tri-splitter with blast gates (and a third line for my floating hose); I use a combination of zip ties and hose straps to keep hoses and power cords out of the way, so rolling it around isn’t too much of a hassle. The TS base slopes internally towards the back to shunt dust towards the DC port.

Incidentally, because of my DC setup my planer (DW734) is actually facing the wrong way relative to the saw – it feeds in the opposite direction of the TS. If anyone knows how to modify the dust port so it can be flipped end for end, I would love to hear from you.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#1 posted 02-13-2014 04:32 PM

That is a really cool design and a great use of space. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 02-13-2014 05:52 PM

Now this is a great idea…thanks for posting it!

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 06:37 PM

Great idea

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 07:24 PM

Great idea there.
I built a workstation last year and was thinking of putting a router extension on the right side, but your idea of sitting your plainer is a better one. I just got a new DW735X and it’s still in the box, waiting for me to build a stand for it.
Now I don’t have to. I already have an Incra router table, so the router extension on my table saw was only a thought to use up the space by the saw.
It’s amazing how many ideas there are on this site.
Now all I have to do is wait for it to warm up enough to get back into my garage. It’s been very cold for quite some time and I don’t have a heated garage. Just a propaine heater to take the chill off.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 09:43 PM

Great Idea on that build. What about flipping the planner and placing it on the other side under the table saw…or perhaps I am missing something here. By the way, how far off the floor does the planner set? Even though my bosch saw and planner have their own stand, I like the way you put them together.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 10:43 PM

Thanks all! Larry, I can’t put the planer on the other side of the saw for two reasons. First, that would leave a 4” dust hose dragging all the way across the saw, which would be fairly annoying. Second, and more crucially, there isn’t room under the other wing because of a bulge in the R4512 side panel, and because the entire base is dadoed and glued in place. So the planer has to stay where it’s at, unfortunately – I’d just like a way to flip the DC port end for end. The planer is maybe 12”-18” off the ground, I think.

Steve, I contemplated putting a router table in that extension wing but it would have been somewhat inaccessible because that side of the saw nearly butts up against a wall. Plus I really like the convenience of keeping those two tools separate and not having to worry about dealing with potentially conflicting fences, protruding router bits, etc. The planer, on the other hand, might as well be just an extension of the saw since they feed wood in an identical path.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 10:53 PM

Dan I thought perhaps that was the reasons for setting it up the way you have. I have a 13” Rigid (which I really like) and the dust chut hookup is on the right side. I also use a 3 way splitter for the bandsaw, planner and joiner with blast gates. I wish they made a 4 way so I could hook to the table saw. In the future I plan using hand PVC pipe that runs from the ceiling instead of on the floor the way it is now.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 11:05 PM

That is a really great idea!

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#9 posted 02-13-2014 11:36 PM

Wow, considering the size of your shop I think you have really made the best use of space you could. My shop is only 16×20 less 3’ for steps going upstairs and I fill like there is not enough room to turn around. Looks like I need to go back to the drawing board like you and try to maximize my shop space.

-- George R. Forest, Virginia

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#10 posted 02-13-2014 11:46 PM

Great idea and excellent use of space otherwise not used, I may borrow this idea just have a few things to move around. Thanks!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 02-14-2014 02:05 PM

Thanks again!

George – over the past six months I’ve made myself an expert on maximizing efficiency. My lessons learned are:

(1) Eke every storage benefit from every workbench or cart. All of the tool carts in my shop do double-duty. My miter saw is on a flip-top stand with my bench grinder. My drill press, oscillating sander, and metal vise are all on a single tabletop with a lazy susan, with cutoff storage underneath. My air compressor is under my router table. My small assembly/finishing table has a set of drawers to store table saw and router accessories. And my workbench is a set of cabinets and drawers with a heavy-duty conference tabletop (same kind as for the saw base) for a work surface.

(2) Plan bench height consistently. My router and sander tables are at the same height so they can feed in/out of each other, and my workbench, assembly table, and table saw are all the same height so I can mix and match for whatever purposes are necessary. The only sticking point is my miter saw – I just can’t seem to find a place for it where I’ll have side clearance for wide crosscuts without it being in the way of the router table and sander.

(3) Go vertical wherever possible. The walls are an obvious place to go vertical – in my 8’ ceiling shop, almost every square inch of my wall space holds lumber racks, pegboard, cabinets, or large jigs. But less obvious, I looked at where I do and do not need overhead room and could get squeeze vertical storage – I almost never need overhead clearance above my table saw and benchtop tools, so I hung garage hooks from those joists and hung specialty sleds, tenoning/spline jigs, and other smaller jigs. Unless I actually climb on my table saw, no worries about bumping my head.

(4) Keep the floor clean. There really isn’t much room to walk around in my shop, so I hung shelves and cabinets all over the place so that odds and ends that accumulate during a project can be put on a shelf temporarily (yeah, right). At least they’re off the floor. I also used a bunch of extra-large garage hooks for my hanging storage so that I can drape DC and shop-vac hoses over them as I need to position hoses around the shop, so they aren’t dragging across the floor.

If anyone has other tips for small-shop efficiency I’d love to hear them! Would it be worth starting a(nother) thread on the topic?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#12 posted 02-14-2014 02:09 PM

Also, I really wish the DW734 had a side-handle crank instead of a top-mounted crank. If that handle weren’t on the top of the planer I could have made the stand taller and built a side extension for the saw directly on top of the planer.

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#13 posted 02-14-2014 04:03 PM


This location for the planer is a great idea.

Given all the skills you have demonstrated in building this stand and your projects listed on this site, I’d suggest you fabricate a dust port for the opposite side using 1/4 plywood or mdf mounted in a frame made with 3/4 stock. Just build a box of the appropriate size and reinforce the corners with the thicker stock. Add some fill inside using stock cut at 45 degrees to reduce shavings being trapped in the corners. Include in the design, a 4 inch plastic adapter for the duct collector connection. Finally, add and tap a couple more holes on the top/side for machine screws to mount this new port.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#14 posted 02-14-2014 04:58 PM

Chuck, that’s a pretty good idea. I wonder if I could simplify it by just making a slightly oversized 3/4 thick face frame for the OEM dust port and locating bolt holes in the oversize, tapping into the planer where necessary. Basically, I’d just be making a 3/4” bridge between the port (swapped end for end) and the machine.

I don’t have the OEM port in front of me so I don’t know offhand whether the design of the port would be prohibitive, but setting that aside is there anything that would be glaringly bad about this idea?

-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.

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#15 posted 02-14-2014 05:39 PM

Nope. I think your idea is better than mine and less work.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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