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Offline Rick Herrick

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Didn't know if this would work
« on: March 13, 2020, 10:31 PM »
I know this isn't as cool as some of the neat stuff I have seen posted here, but I was smiling when it was done.  I don't use my planer a lot and I don't like having another roll-around cart taking up space.  So I cannibalized the cart and got a 28" set of 250lb slides and, as they say, "Bob's your uncle".  So far so good.  Haven't used it yet but turned it on and nothing went bad.

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2020, 10:46 PM »
Rick - looks totally functional to me - especially when considering how hard it is to make effective use of very deep space under a workbench!

thanks for sharing

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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2020, 11:20 PM »
Thats a pretty slick set up. I might borrow it from you

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2020, 01:24 AM »
This is fine for anyone who does not use it often, or when only one or two boards are processed. Regular or older users will find it a back killer especially when we have lots of longer and thicker boards to handle at each time.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2020, 01:26 AM by ChuckM »

Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2020, 07:51 AM »
This is fine for anyone who does not use it often, or when only one or two boards are processed. Regular or older users will find it a back killer especially when we have lots of longer and thicker boards to handle at each time.

Yep, not perfect by any means but it solved an immediate problem.  Even when it was on a rolling cart, I didn't have it at a perfect height. Work in progress..

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2020, 09:45 AM »
Nice solution!  Given you don't use it often there is no sense in taking up valuable floor space.  You also have it readily available for the times you do need to use it.  My experience is that if a tool is not readily available I will find a work around that is often not nearly as safe or effective. 
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Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2020, 09:50 AM »
My experience is that if a tool is not readily available I will find a work around that is often not nearly as safe or effective.

Been there, done that.  Thanks Jeff.

Offline Gregor

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2020, 09:59 AM »
Regular or older users will find it a back killer especially when we have lots of longer and thicker boards to handle at each time.
Or not, as we wouldn't have to lift the stock that high... thus: what about adding a pull out or two with rollers to support long stock?

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2020, 10:26 AM »
"That high". How high? You set the machine's height that suits you.

The OP's set-up is not how thickness planing is normally done by the majority of woodworkers, at least not in N.A.

If your point about lifting is true for most woodworkers, table saws, MFT Tables, workbenches, etc. should all be knee-height or lower.

Granted, the OP's set-up solves his storage problem. My post does not refute that but points out that in practice for many, it is impractical.

In thicknessing, we flip the board after each pass; you'll find the low set-up a pain to do if the board is long or heavy. Unless you're physically two feet tall. Please convince me how a person of normal height can handle a few boards 4 ft long without lower his body and standing up again after a pass under that kind of machine set-up. I haven't even touched the need for outfeed/infeed stands.
« Last Edit: March 14, 2020, 10:41 AM by ChuckM »

Offline Gregor

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #9 on: March 14, 2020, 10:38 AM »
If your point about lifting is true for most woodworkers, table saws, MFT Tables, workbenches, etc. should all be knee-height or lower.
Should have added a :) to the lifting part... sorry for that.
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In thicknessing, we flip the board after each pass, you'll find the low set-up a pain to do if the board is long or heavy. Unless you're physically two feet tall.
Flipping is no issue compared to having to transport the board to the other side of the device - instead of being able to push it back into the hole it just came out from.

That's (when thinking about it a little further) where the comment about the rollers came from, it would be easier if one could just push it back to the other side instead of having to carry it. Regardless of height.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2020, 11:00 AM »
I am not trying to convince anyone not to take the OP's approach if it works for them. As someone who handles hundreds of board feet (4' to 8' long usually) at a time with his planer, I'm pointing out when it won't work: when you have not just a few short boards to handle. On the other hand, if your problem is also a storage one, we are not talking from the same angle. My concern is how I can thicknessplane like that without hurting my back or knees. So far my body is still fine even though the thickness planer I'm using is my second one...and blades replaced the second time. I've outlasted my first thicknessplaner.

I will be happy to be proven wrong when I start seeing this kind of planer set-up popping up in shops everywhere -- professional or amateur, or perhaps on YouTube.

By the way, we who have to deal with lots of lumber don't move heavy or long boards free hand in one go whether using the thicknessplaner or table saw or the jointer. We have helpers: infeed/outfeed tables, sawhorses and roller stands.

« Last Edit: March 14, 2020, 06:01 PM by ChuckM »

Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2020, 11:18 AM »
Your not wrong at all Chuck.  You have a much larger environment so of course this won't work for you.  I wish I had that much lumber to plane. 

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #12 on: March 14, 2020, 11:50 AM »
Unless you're physically two feet tall.  [big grin]  [big grin]  [big grin]

Nice solution for your problem Rick, I like it, however like Chuck, I'd have to mount mine at a higher level.

Who makes the slides? Accuride?

Offline Rick Herrick

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Re: Didn't know if this would work
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2020, 12:09 PM »
Unless you're physically two feet tall.  [big grin]  [big grin]  [big grin]

Nice solution for your problem Rick, I like it, however like Chuck, I'd have to mount mine at a higher level.

Who makes the slides? Accuride?

Even when it was on a rolling cart, it was still too low if I had to do it for much longer than hour.  These are the ones I used.

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