Planer Infeed / Outfeed
This project started when I was looking at Woodworking posts on Google+. A woodworker published a video of his solution to his “snipe” problem on his lunch box planer.
The solution was to replace the in / out feed tables with a single surface from input to output. I would love to give him credit for this idea, but I have not been able to find the post.
So I decided I wanted to improve my Dewalt 733 lunch box planer. I have a very large project in the near future. I will be building a new workbench. This will require planing 8 ft long 3 1/2″ x 8″ glued up slabs that will make up the work bench top. The longer table will be more stable and will give me much better results.
I designed most of this in my head and fine tuned the design as I moved through the project. The material I choose is Phenolic Faced Plywood from Woodcraft. This is expensive but I think very stable and the surface is polished and should provide an excellent feed table. The rest of the project was Kreg Pocket Hole screws, 9/16″ and 3/8″ bolts, nuts and washers.
Two large problems had to be solved.
- My top of my cart for the planer has sagged since I built it in 2009. I tried to fix this with angle iron. That did not work. So the base the planer is bolted to is not planer.
- The second problem is the phenolic plywood is slightly bowed. Really if it was not bowed, it could easily become bowed. So I have to engineer a solution to controlling the feed surface to keep it planer and in the same plane as the cutter bladed on the machine.
This is just a teaser picture… So you get some of the idea.
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