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5 Portable Planer Center

5 Portable Planer Center

When a project requires thin stock, our portable planer saves us the time and trouble of having to special-order material. But, having to lift it onto the workbench every time we need it can be a backbreaker. To solve this problem, we designed the thicknessing center shown here. For continuous support when planing long boards, we've included infeed and outfeed tables that adjust up or down. To maximize shop storage space, the tables fold down when not in use. Finally, we designed the planer platform so it raises or lowers to suit most portables. Aligning the tables with the planer guarantees a smooth, even flow of stock through the machining process. For information on downloading this plan and the tool mover shown,click below.


Tool Mover When the design for this tool mover came in, it was like a dream come true. At the time, we had just started work on IDEA SHOP 2 and needed a method for moving heavy tools around that was as easy on the back as it was on the pocketbook too. This two wheeled mover is a winner on both counts. The metal pin at the end of the tool mover fits into the hole in the angle iron tow bracket mounted to your wheel tool base. By lowering the handle, the mover's wheels act as a fulcrum, lifting the tool base with a minimum of effort.

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Comments (20)
jbkbpalmer4185732 wrote:

Check out America's Best Home Workshop 2015 pages 54 to 61. We have a two car garage, we can get one car in, lots of tools and storage. It's a real working shop.

6/1/2015 02:22:39 PM Report Abuse
tommandkay wrote:

It all looks pretty nice and I'd love to do it, but my garage is less that a one car garage (unless I buy a Mini Cooper). It makes a pretty good shed but a terrible garage. My basement shop is bigger and it's small.

5/30/2015 12:06:32 AM Report Abuse
jeffropapa wrote:

I made 10 scaled drawings of different shop layouts. That in itself was fun to do. But I think any mistake of shop layout was done on paper. That worked pretty well for me. You should always leave room for expansion, because our shops are always a "work in process". I love hearing all your ideas. Wood-on

5/29/2015 09:19:40 AM Report Abuse
cliff145 wrote:

FOUL & No one has actually attempted to impliment this design - Where is arguably the most used tool in the shop - the chop/miter saw??? Oversight - OK but this layout has gotten too much press in too many sites and never been called out on this

5/28/2015 06:34:11 PM Report Abuse
stant48312 wrote:

2 large table saws, 2 radial arms, 3 band saws 2 scroll saws 2 thicknessers, oscillating sander, knife belt sander, belt sander, drum sander, 2 dust collectors, router table, jointer and workbench into two car garage. Workflow: first joint, rip then crosscut to thickneser u shape flow other machines in the middle. Can still process plywood sheet and a 6 foot board without moving something out. But yes a yearn for a clean space to assemble, Wife uses scroll saws so ok to varnish in house!

5/28/2015 11:13:57 AM Report Abuse
hilbilly63007 wrote:

the best way i have found for laying out a new shop when you do not get to control the size of space is to get graph paper and there was a place few years a go that i got little paper cut outs of tools in my case i used the table saw twice since my router table and saw are bout 6 foot long and roughly three feet wide by them selfs must admit my shop is still cramped right now some day I will have one big enough will some one let me know when santa is ready to give up the north pole shop for me

8/22/2013 04:01:11 PM Report Abuse
Roffy wrote:

As soon as I can get my wife's gardening stuff out of the garage, I'll have plenty of room. We don't park our cars in the garage, so that's not a problem. Guess I need to build a storage shed or outdoor potting station. I'm in the southeast, so I don't need heat, but cooling is an issue. I'm looking for a portable A/C unit.

7/11/2013 01:20:54 PM Report Abuse
doctorleejohnson wrote:

I need a real shop an 18X21 carport No walls (to hot here) New shop an excuse to get new tools 1st a welding table 2nd that bench (planning it 4 yrs)had a piece of stainless 32X96. Lots of peg board a drill press the vice and grinder mounted on pipe. oops it's full. 12 feet and another car port. room for table saw radial arm saw chop saw router table and a wood worker bench and anvil.

7/11/2013 12:17:31 PM Report Abuse
leufrank wrote:

I have a two-car garage (tandem). I haven't seen a good workshop plan for a tandem garage, but would love to see one since I've just built my home and now need to install my shop equipment and tools. Got any ideas where to turn?

7/11/2013 11:04:12 AM Report Abuse
pdolan827 wrote:

where is the TV. how will you make it thru football season Pat columbus ohio

5/13/2013 10:36:25 AM Report Abuse
thomasclark2 wrote:

All the baby tools are so cute in the extra clean, never used workshop. I like the cabinets though!

1/19/2012 11:55:16 AM Report Abuse
woodsynut wrote:

have you thought overhead wood storage they sell cheap lifts to put wood on maybe you could design you own?

1/19/2012 11:17:41 AM Report Abuse
Catfish wrote:

A few feet off to the side of my garage is a small storage shed where I am able to keep my lawn equipment, storage boxes and such. I do wish I had aseparate shop for welding and such. But that will come with time. Luckily my garage has a carport on it so I can keep the truck there<);o}

1/19/2012 10:50:06 AM Report Abuse
sawdustpile17 wrote:

For JREST3: To save space install a tankless water heater on the wall and stackable washer and dryer. while you are building install radiant heat in the floor

10/20/2011 09:24:49 PM Report Abuse
pogybait wrote:

Got 1/2 of a two car garage without the dust collector problem--I thought ahead and put it outside in a shed and use a remote switch to turn it on and have only 4" holes in ceiling space. As a master electrician(retired) I built the power then vaccuum, then stationary tool locations--the rest of you guys must luv noise--why else you put the vaccuum inside?

10/20/2011 07:21:57 PM Report Abuse
sawdustpile17 wrote:

To: JREST3 Have you thought about a tankless water heater. Just mount it on the wall above the washer and dryer

10/20/2011 05:50:49 PM Report Abuse
bill3713321 wrote:

If only I didn't have all this bothersome wood that I have to be able to get to!

10/20/2011 04:44:15 PM Report Abuse
JREAST3 wrote:


10/20/2011 12:34:46 PM Report Abuse
dwarner08 wrote:

Also note that this is a 2-1/2 car garage, not a 2-car garage. The extra width make a big difference

10/20/2011 11:51:10 AM Report Abuse
zacker01 wrote:

these plans are all well and good but in the real world, we also have to contend with other, space robbing elements of the smaller garage / shop. Lawn equipment, storage boxes, seasonal stuff like lawn chairs... and we also need lumber storage.. with all my tools against the wall, i have no place to put plywood and such plus no place to hang anymore pegboard.

10/20/2011 10:36:29 AM Report Abuse

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