Well, I am pretty tired of hefting my DeWalt thickness planer around and
-- even more -- babysitting the longer bits of wood as they go through.
So, I want to add extension tables and put it in a more permanent place.
The planer stays in the shop and I have wall space to spare, so
portability is not a great concern (with one exception noted below).
I have looked at the FWW plan for an Infeed/Outfeed table (July 96
issue, also in one of the books I believe) and it looks like one way to
go. However, its primary function seems to be reduction of snipe, which
I don't have a great deal of trouble with. So the question is: Is this
the best way to go? I am not real keen on the "through the planer"
design, although perhaps it is the best way. Has anybody built this, or
another version? I am looking for any input. I would build it a full 8',
so that 4' (well, a little less) is on each side. I am guessing this
would allow 6' boards or so to be planed easily. The exception to
portability is for longer boards: I see a need, occasionally, to do 8'
boards. In this case I may have to move the planer to a different
location, so once in a blue moon it will have to be moved.
The other thing about this I was looking into is combining it with a
chopsaw station. This would seem almost ideal to combine it with, though
I am not 100% sure how it would work out. The chop saw is occasionally
(a few times a year) taken out of the shop, so some level of portability
would be nice.
Any help would be appreciated.