Portability without the back strain
By Paul Anthony
Overall dimensions: 24"w × 201⁄2"d × 25"h
When it comes to portable planers, the term “portable” is a bit of a stretch. Any of these machines is heavy enough to cause your back to protest when stashing the tool away on a shelf or under a bench. And yet a portable planer needs to be moveable so it can be stored when not in use in a space-starved shop. For me, the answer is to mount a portable planer on a space-saving mobile cart that includes drawers so that the space below the machine isn’t wasted. This cart is tall enough to allow comfortable stock feeding, but low enough to ensure stable mobility. The 3⁄4"-thick plywood case, with its solid wood face frame, is stout enough to carry a heavy machine and large enough to accommodate most portable planers models currently on the market. A shallow top drawer accommodates machine wrenches, extra knives, and other small accoutrements. The lower drawer is deep enough to house general tools and supplies, and the self-closing slides keep the drawers from opening when pushing the unit around. The heavy-duty casters ensure smooth, reliable mobility when needed and rock solid footing when locked for planing operations. This is one shop accessory that really earns its keep.