Learn how to build a simple planer stand out of 2×4 and 1×4 lumber. This rolling planer stand is perfect for garage and small workshops.
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Hey guys! I am so excited to bring this build to you. I’ve teamed up with The Home Depot to showcase the Dewalt 15 Amp 13 in. Corded Planer and the Dewalt ATOMIC 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit. For now, I work out of my home garage like many people. Space is a premium. So all my workbenches must be mobile and offer multiple uses. So came up with a really inexpensive rolling cart solution to house my planer and a few other tools. This is a temporary solution for me. Long term I a looking to build a larger workbench centered around my Dewalt 15 Amp 13 in. Corded Planer that will provide solutions to more critical problems within my workshop. But for now, this is a great 1-day easy build that will allow me to safely use my Dewalt Planer and store some additional items.
- Dewalt ATOMIC 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit
- Dewalt 15 Amp 13 in. Corded Planer
- Dewalt 13 in. Folding Tables for Planer
- Dewalt 20-Volt MAX XR Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless 5 in. Random Orbital Sander
- Dewalt MAX FIT Right Angle Magnetic Attachment
- Milescraft Adjustable Titanium Coated Countersink Drill Bit Set
- Speed square
- Tape Measure
OK, Let’s Get Dirty!
Step 1. Cut the lumber down to size.
For the frame of this project, we are using 2×4 lumber.
Step 2. Plane the wood.
Now, normally this isn’t a step that would be required in a build. But we are building a stand for the planer. Why not use the planer to freshen up and smooth out the stock 2×4 lumber I’m using to build the stand. Also, to tell the truth, I just couldn’t wait to try out my new Dewalt 15 Amp 13 in. Corded Planer. So I’ve teamed up with the Home Depot to showcase this tool for you.
The Dewalt 15 Amp 13 in. Corded Planer is possibly the best tabletop planer on the market. It provides an excellent surface finish with a 3-knife cutter head that delivers a 30% longer knife life and makes changing them out more seamless. The finish that you can achieve using this planer is professional-grade with 2 cut modes. It makes finishing and dimensioning cuts at 179 cuts per inch for finer finishes and 96 cuts per inch for dimensioning cuts or a slightly rougher finish. But trust me, even the dimensioning cuts are smooth. I can’t wait to use this to make some furniture in the future, particularly for my little girl.
Step 3. Assemble the two side panels.
I’m keeping the joinery of this project really basic. If you’ve built any of my shop builds in the past, you’d know I usually opt for basic wood screw joinery. I do this largely because if the layout of my shop changes (which happens often) I can easily disassemble the project and reuse the wood in a different project. So using a countersink bit I drilled into the 2×4 pieces and attached using 2 1/2″ wood screws.
Once I’d attached the outer boards for the frame I set a centerboard in the middle of the side frame. This will be to support the middle shelf of the planer stand. You have flexibility where you’d like the middle shelf. I’m placing the middle shelf about 14 inches from the top. I want to use the middle and bottom shelf to store additional tools.
A speed square came in handy lining up the middle support beams and checking that the boards were square.
Step 4: Connect the two side frames.
Attach the 21 in. boards to either sides of one of the frames.
Then top with the 2nd frame. I was pregnant while putting this together. So I had to use gravity to my advantage. I placed everything on the floor and screwed it all together.
Step 5: Attach support beam at the top of the frame of the planer stand.
Step 6: Bottom corner braces
Now flip the planer stand over and using 2×4 pieces cut at a 45-degree angle clamp the wedge 2×4 to the corner of the stand and screw it in place.
I recommend 4 screws in total, 2 on each side of the wedge.
Step 7: Attach the castors
I love workbenches that are mobile, especially given the size of my workshop. I recommend using at least 2 castors with breaks.
Step 8: Add the 1×4 shelves.
Starting with the bottom shelves screw the 1×4 boards in place. For the shelves, I actually used a combination of 1×3 and 1×4 boards, whatever I had on my lumber cart. The edges I trimmed using a jigsaw to go around the 2×4 legs.
For this build, I used the new Dewalt ATOMIC 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Brushless Cordless Compact Drill/Impact Combo Kit. I love this drill set. It’s small but packs a kick. The set comes with a 20-Volt Max compact 1/2 in. drill/driver, 1/4 in. impact driver, 2 20-Volt Max Lithium-ion 1.3 Ah batteries and a charger and bag to store it all in. The drills have a variable speed trigger allowing control and precision on delicate work surfaces.
Using 2in Spax Screws I drilled the 1x4s and 1×3 boards in place to make the shelves in no time.
And to test out the performance of the new Dewalt ATOMIC Impact Driver I put it up against the Dewalt 20-Volt MAX XR Cordless Brushless 1/4 in. Impact Driver. It did not disappoint. While it doesn’t have the 3-speed gauge its performance matched that of the Max XR.
Step 9: Sand down the edges.
The planer did an excellent job creating a smooth surface on these stock lumber I bought. But I wanted to finish it off by rounding out the edges and corners. So I sanded everything down using medium to fine-grit sandpaper. The sander I’m using is the Dewalt 20-Volt MAX XR Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless 5 in. Random Orbital Sander.
Step 10: Set it up and Go.
Now that the shelves are in place and everything is nicely smoothed down I was able to move the planer (with help of course) to its new home for now. This particular Dewalt Planer doesn’t come with the folding outfeed tables. So I purchased separately the Dewalt 13 in. Folding Tables for Planer.
A Few Extra Accessories
I added a few hooks to the sides of the workbench to store some hanging tools. In case you didn’t notice or missed it, I’m a little pregnant. So bending down at the point is a bit of a super challenge. I used the Dewalt MAX FIT Right Angle Magnetic Attachment on my ATOMIC Impact Driver to screw in the hooks. This is a pregnant builder’s superweapon Hahaha!
Things to figure out in the future.
This simple planer stand is a temporary solution. I plan on building a workbench around my Dewalt 15 Amp 13 in. Corded Planer. However for now, this really works. I just need to figure out how to set up the dust collection hose so it doesn’t interfere with exiting wood from the planer. I am open to suggestions. So if you have any ideas, please send them my way.
Till Next Time. ~T.
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