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Hello everyone. I don't even know how to ask this question. I have a vision to clamp my 13" DeWalt Planer onto a portable mounting base when I need it; however, when I don't need it, I'm thinking it would be cool to wheel it over to it's storage cabinet and slide it into its "dock" so it's out of the way, thereby freeing-up a roller base. I am also thinking that I can mount other tools, like a bench grinder, the same way. Have any of you done anything like this? How about flip-around table mounts? Any other ideas? Can you please share pics? As always, thanks so much! -Rich
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Hi Rich,

I mounted my Dewalt planer on a Kreg router table base. I do occasionally take it off and use the cart for other purposes. For the money it is extremely robust. Solid as a rock. I have three of them... two as router tables and one I use for the planer cart. The best deal I've found on casters is from Grizzly. I put on the 4" rubber double brake ones all around. Locking just two wheels does the trick.

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Planer wheeled out of the way in the corner...

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Thanks Kerry. Actually, what I'm really looking for is the "docking station" ... where do you all keep your bench-top tools when they're not mounted on the mobile base? I'm thinking a pantry-like cabinet to slide the planer into ... and the portable grinder (mounted on a piece of plywood), and a benchtop sander, and a ... Does this make sense? Thanks so much for your idea. I already bought the DeWalt Mobile Base made for the DW735 (it's considerably smaller than the Kreg) but I'll be considering Kreg stands from this point forward. ;-) So, do any of you have a cabinet you store mounted tools in?
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Ah... misunderstood ya. I would still go with a table and wheels as shown. You still have a second shelf below that too for whatever. Then make a stacking rack for the other tools against the wall or put it on wheels as well. Most bench top tools have mounting holes in their bases, you could either drill holes in the top of the cart and drop bolts thru, or mount all the tools on their own bases with lift handles and just clamp it to the cart...? Moving that planer on and off though doesn't sound fun to me. Thats why mine stays put where it is. Sounds like a fun project. Get busy! :-)
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Kerry, I just came back to post that I found what I was looking for in Wood Magazine, Issue 179, October 2007, "Bench Tool System" ... I don't know if I'm explaining this well, but it's basically a tower of vertically adjustable rails onto which you can slide bench-top tools that are pre-mounted on trays (removable shelves). When you need the grinder, you slide its tray/shelf out and set it onto your mobile base. To put it away, take it off the mobile base and return it to its slot. The pic shows a benchtop grinder, sander, scroll saw and compound miter saw ... the sides are pegboard, but the frame is milled 2x4 construction on locking rollers. If anyone has made anything like this, I'd still love to see pics of your work. When I get around to making mine, I'll be sure to post. Thanks! -Rich
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Hi Rich... Please do post the pics. I know exactly what you mean because I am in the middle of building my small workshop and I have planned to do the the same, so woul;d love to see the results.
Also, my workbench will be the part of the benchtop & cabinets(same height and width) which will run along one wall (I'll wheel it out when needed) and it will be set up to double up as a gluing clamping station. My Wood lathe is to be bolted to the undside of the hinged benchtop (to be flipped out when needed... like the old singer sewing machine cabinets) and the top of the same benchtop will be my mitre saw and fences. Neccessity really is the mother of invention!
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Hello everyone. I don't even know how to ask this question. I have a vision to clamp my 13" DeWalt Planer onto a portable mounting base when I need it; however, when I don't need it, I'm thinking it would be cool to wheel it over to it's storage cabinet and slide it into its "dock" so it's out of the way, thereby freeing-up a roller base. I am also thinking that I can mount other tools, like a bench grinder, the same way. Have any of you done anything like this? How about flip-around table mounts? Any other ideas? Can you please share pics? As always, thanks so much! -Rich
Hi Rich:

I have something similar in my shop. But, _everything_ is on casters. I have 9 modules, one for each of specific tools -- planer, drill press, drum sander, clamps, radial arm saw, metal topped for mechanical work, router table, tool chest and scrap wood bin. Then the jointer and table saw are both on their own casters and the bandsaw gets a ride around on a hand truck. I'm working on creating multiple tops for my router table but other things are higher priority for the moment.

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Rich, I like your idea of a docking station. Am looking forward to see how this post ends up. I am more specifically interested in how you like your Dewalt Planer. I am almost ready to buy one but would like real world input on how it works and what does not. Thanks..... Jim
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Everyone, please forgive me for reposting this from a different thread but I just wanted to be sure to thank you ... I continue to look forward to your contributions to each of my threads. Thank you so much for being so helpful! Sorry I'm a pain in the rear-end with all of my questions ... I'm a bit needy as I'm trying to learn "everything that you guys have learned over your lifetimes from the confines of my couch over a few short weeks." Silly, I know, but I'm doing the reading thing while I wait for all of my toys to arrive. I want to keep reading before I play. ;-) Thanks again! -Rich
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