Sunday, September 6, 2015

Thickness planer drill press

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 
                           degree angle.

                          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.

                           Everything works and slides nicely, I thought I would have to add
                           some lubricant but not on this one. One last look before the tabletop
                          is screwed on.      

                             Extra support is added for mass to the frame and then screwed to
                             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.

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  6. This looks like a powerful tool. It does not make use of your hand all the time. But this requires a lot of skill. Even then, it makes your work a lot faster.

  7. The Wagner Safe T Planer! I have one that I ordered in 1974 to use on a radial saw. It worked well on the radial saw, and adjustment was simple since the arm could be adjusted up or down by crank. It wouldn't kick back as some might think, so it was actually quite safe to use, assuming you didn't stick your fingers under it while it was running.
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