I wanted to build an adjustable table for my drill press and Wagner Safe-T- Planer. I do not own a thickness planer but have used this small planer for years and it has worked well for me for small projects.
To start I used 3/4" Baltic birch. The base is cut to size to fit the
top of the drill press table, 1'x8 1/2". I like to make a sure C-clamp
can easily clamp both the jig and the drill press table. I like this for
quick set up.
I use my mini speed square to mark the sides then cut it with my
sled. Sides are cut to 9"x4 1/2" and the height is 2 1/2".
These are all the pieces laid out for the main box
The bottom box is ready to be screwed together. I do not
glue these pieces together. Since there will be moving parts it is
nice to know that it can be taken apart if needed.
This is the second part of the planer, it fits exactly into the main
box. This part will be glued and screwed together and it will hold
the table top. It will slide on the guides and be able to raise and
lower with a turn knob.
Some guides are made, I used maple since it is a hard wood and
works very well for this. They are glued in the main box at a 20
The 2 parts are put together and tested for fit. Everything slides
great and now the adjustment knob can be added. To make the knob
I just used a carriage bolt and added a wooden wheel and some nuts.
A hole is drilled through both the box and inner frame, this will be for
the carriage bolt knob. Here I am using my magnetic Vacuum set up
to keep things clean.
A t-nut is hammered into the outer box and the bolt and a nylon
insert nut is added to keep things from moving.
some lubricant but not on this one. One last look before the tabletop
is screwed on.
the top. The top lays on the box and feels quite solid.
I have used this planer for many years and have never had a problem
with it. The table is a nice addition and I have tried many pieces and
have to say it Works Great. One small improvement is to add a stop
for the knob but that won't be a problem.