Going to build a rolling cabinet for my planar (approximately 2' x
3'). I was thinking about whether or not I need a vertical member
centered in the middle of the cabinet to support the weight of the
machine. Any suggestions? I dont see a way around it. If I do add this
support, I was thinking about adding several drawers to the top
section, and two cabinet doors to the lower half. Any of you have an
outfeed table? What are you fellas storing is this cabinet?
My first woodworking project was a TV cart, open in the front and back;
built out of scrap plywood. I was real concerned about putting a 75 pound
TV on it because there wasn't much to it. Two years later I was done with
it, so I decided to test it. I put 200 pounds of sand and chain on it, and
then sat on top of the pile. Firm as can be. I finally broke it by hitting
it on the upper side with a sledge hammer with the 200 pounds on it. Even
then it just kinda broke rather than collapsing as I was afraid of.
Assuming your construction is reasonable, a 100 pound planer isn't much of a
load. Of course, I don't know how good you are at design...
Offhand, I'd say it depends on exactly what the top if to be made of and how
thick it'll be.
If you are planning to use 1/2" plywood or MDF, I'd run a support rail under
it; however, if it'll be something more substantial...say 3/4" baltic birch
or a lamination or maybe even a torsion box, no extra support is likely to
I've got my Delta 13.5" planer, which I assume weighs roughly the same as
the Ridgid, on a rolling cabinet. The cabinet is essentially a 20"x34"x20"
(length x height x depth) box made from 3/4" plywood. The top is two 2'x2'
peices of plywood laminated together. There is no flex or sag at all even
after three years.
I put a face frame on the front creating a single drawer and a large
cabinet. I store planer and mortiser parts in the drawer and my mortiser in
the lower cabinet on a slide out tray. I posted a couple of pictures in
Don't have an auxillery outfeed table. I generally rough cut all pieces
before I joint and plane and don't deal with really long pieces. The few
times that has come up, I've had the lumber store plane the boards for me.
I've got a similar Delta planer and I went and bought one of those
cheap Harbor Freight tool stands with the metal legs and wood top for
about $15 and it works just fine. Plenty of storage underneath too.
I ended up raising the height of the planer an inch or so with scrap
wood so that it was at the same height as one of my workbenches so the
bench can serve as an outfeed table. If I need an infeed table, I
just get a roller stand.
It indeed did come with the stamped metal stand. Problem is, for me, I
need mobility in my shop. Also, their arent any options for me to add
storage under the stand. It has been a b**ch moving the planer around
the shop. So I figured why not make some saw dust and build a
functional base with the features I am looking for?
I am going to use 3/4 oak plywood, add several full extension drawers
and maybe allow some room below for my bench grinder.
I have the Delta 12" planer with a homemade 3/4" MDF infeed/outfeed
table that is 30 inches long. I made a cabinet that stores 2 power
tools inside of it and mounts 2 on top. 1 of the ones on top is ALWAYS
the planner because it is just to much of a pain to move. The others
are a 16 inch Delta scroll saw, a Rigid oscallating sander and a
Craftsman belt/disk sander. I made the top out of 3/4 Baltic Birch and
overlaid a second piece that has the cutouts for the tools mounts
(they are approximatly 26inX26in). The top overlaps the case by about
3in on each side and the front. The cabinet is about 60in long and
30in wide. The bottom, sides are also 3/4 Baltic Birch that that are
joined with dadoes and the back is 1/2in Birch set in rabbits.No face
at this point tho I do plan to add doors and a couple drawers. There
are no center supports and there is no sag.
What kind of planer? I have a DeWalt, and all the weight is on the four
corners. The dimensions of the stand I built for it were pretty darn close
to the footprint of the planer, therefore, each foot was already directly
over the vertical members (and the wheels). If this is your setup, don't
worry about center support. There won't be any weight over the center.
I've planed 7'x7"x16/4 white maple with no problem and those planks were
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