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Forum topic by Turns4wood posted 12-31-2018 09:25 PM 412 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Turns4wood

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12-31-2018 09:25 PM

Hi looking to see if anyone tricked out their jointer with a custom base, if so I’d like to see what you did. My plan is to make one with the profile of the base so that means customizing with the arch of the cabinet most likely after it arrives unless someone has those measurements.

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#1 posted 01-01-2019 03:40 AM

Looking to come up with the same profile as the metal base so I will either end up cutting out something close that of a curved chair leg only beefier mount that to plywood and the add casters
Jerry

-- Nothing better than sawdust on the floor

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#2 posted 01-01-2019 05:22 PM

Hmm.. custom designed machine base. Can’t say I’ve seen anything like it. Probably cause…it’s just a base :) What I’ve seen, and my own constructs, are purely functional as other projects would deserve my time & attention.

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#3 posted 01-01-2019 06:25 PM

It is not clear what jointer you’re talking about. What brand “54A” doesn’t cut it.

My old Rockwell 4” had a metal base stand the it fit quite well, but eventually I mounted in on a table beside the table saw so I could go directly from ripping to jointing. I then mounted my belt sander to the original stand. Most jointers produce copious amounts of shavings that have to go through the base.

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#4 posted 01-01-2019 09:53 PM

It’s for a Powermatic 6’’ jointer Model 54 A I have gone to the bottom of this page as per instructed and clicked on the tag icon then looked under mobile base and found some pretty neat designs. My shop is small but functional now I will so be adding what will be one of the largest tools footprint wise.

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#5 posted 01-02-2019 01:09 PM

I toyed with the idea of making a base for my jointer, but got the PM-3550 mobile base on sale. I wanted 4 swivel casters to make moving jointer around really easy. I also found some neat designs on this website. Was planning on using LVL material and heavy duty casters for the base.

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#6 posted 01-02-2019 03:15 PM

Sawdust 35 do you like the base so far? do you find that the paddles for the lift mech. are in your way when working. also how do like the jointer? LVL means Laminated Veneer Lumber took me awhile to figure that one out, is that what LVL really means
Jerry

-- Nothing better than sawdust on the floor

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#7 posted 01-02-2019 04:51 PM

Yes, that’s what LVL is. I should have been clearer about what I was referring to. The reason for the LVL use is they are super strong and usually flat & straight. Dimensional lumber can warp and using the LVL would have been a neat experience.

The paddles aren’t in the way when I joint a board (in the pic they aren’t “ engaged”). When the base is locked all the paddles are horizontal and easy to operate. Also, the wheels come with ball bearing hubs which is a nice upgrade. I like the base for what is does and the assembly was quick! I think the PM-3550 and the Rockler All-terrain mobile base are the best on the market.

The jointer has been a great addition and I am very happy with it. It’s the 60HH from Powermatic. I got it a month ago. Tables were co-plainer within 0.005” from the factory.

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#8 posted 01-02-2019 09:58 PM

I ordered mine a couple of days ago as to beat the supposed tariff / price increase we’ll see if that really happens or if it was a great way to boost sales. What I will be getting is it’s little brother 54A with QC blades my wallet was thin and now even more so. it will be great to make lumber truly flat and square should up my game so to speak. Not 100% sure what I will do for the base but I make to be functional and look good as well.

Jerry

-- Nothing better than sawdust on the floor

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