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Forum topic by HowardInToronto posted 11-28-2021 12:36 AM 335 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2021 12:36 AM

What height would you recommend for building a flip-top planer cart.

I’m not looking for the actual absolute height itself – just your thoughts on the planer cart’s height relationships so you can use it comfortably and safely.

And to other benches in your shop you might use to receive lumber on the outfeed side.

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#1 posted 11-28-2021 12:48 AM

I have mine at 34”. I have a Ridgid Bench top model planer. My cart has 3” casters. I built a 4-1/2” deep drawer into it in the bottom below where the tools swing. The flip top platform is 34” to top. Seems about the right height for me. That height also allows for setting up an outfeed support using a bench top and some rigging of other materials.

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#2 posted 11-28-2021 01:25 AM

I try to setup all of my tools and tables to all be relatively the same height. Saves from having to lift material up very much. During a long day in the shop it makes a bit of a difference on the elbows.

That being said my planer is a touch on the high side. My lunchbox planer is on top of my air cleaner cart that ended up being 35” tall to accomodate squirel cage blower and 20×1 filters. On the bright side it puts the planer’s outfeed 1-1/2” above my outfeed table behind the table saw. So a couple scraps of 3/4 ply and I can easily create a much larger outfeed support for the planer.

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#3 posted 11-28-2021 03:06 AM

I’m 6’1” and have made all my work surfaces in my shop 41-1/4” high, except for my jointer which works best at a lower height. With the planer you will want it a touch higher than any surrounding surfaces, lest your material crash into them.

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#4 posted 11-28-2021 03:12 AM

I prefer a height that is low but still high enough I can stand straight while feeding boards. Minimal lifting without stooping is nice.

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#5 posted 11-28-2021 02:34 PM

All great ideas to add in my final plans. Thank you all.

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#6 posted 11-30-2021 08:13 PM

I make all the horizontal surfaces the same height when practical. It affords me the ability to cut/shape long pieces with support

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#7 posted 11-30-2021 09:36 PM

A height consideration for something like the planer height is matching it to my table saw height, so I can lower the blade, and use it for an in, or outfeed table.

Essentially I see 2 heights planer, jointer, TS, wide belt sander, are all one height, laid out according to your height, and or what feels good to you.

The other is Bandsaw height, and there a bench with a roller to sit on the bench for a roll off, or on situation.

You don’t always need outfeed, or infeed support, but when you do you really do.

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#8 posted 11-30-2021 11:12 PM

I agree with others here and have made mine to where the infeed and outfeed tables are similar height to my table saw and other surfaces in the shop. My shop is small so I need to be able to have infeed and outfeed space which enables other equipment to be used as support or not get in the way. It also prevents lifting or lowering materials to run through the planer as everything is at the same working height.


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