As I was lying in bed this morning trying to wake up, I had an idea of how to solve the planer problem. I mentioned a couple posts ago (Figures) that I wanted to possibly keep the miter saw on the right side of the cabinet assembly and have the planer up on the bench with permanent, long infeed and outfeed tables. The miter saw infeed would go through the planer itself for longer pieces. The problem I was having in my head was how far the planer would stick out into the bench walkway to line up with the miter fence. With the lack of space I already have, that’s not really an option.

The solution is to have the planer slide out when needed. Now due to the vibration that’s inherent in it’s operation, I can’t use standard drawer hardware. I think what I may do is use drawer slide guides, little buttons of plastic that insert into the bottom of drawers and into the cabinet body. I would lock it in place for operation with knobs and threaded inserts in both the ‘drawer’ and the top of the cabinet. That’s at least how I see it in my head. Since one of my older, crappier sawhorses seems to have broken, I’ll be able to shift the miter saw closer to the wall.

Speaking of walls, the two new OSB walls are up and secure. Just like the last time, it was difficult to find the studs since they’ve used some crappy broken ones. Unfortunately I’m not in the position, nor is it worth it, to fix every problem I find. The whole structure really needs to be torn down and done over. I’ve partially cleaned up from all the mess – the clamp rack is back up, some stuff has moved around. The extension reels are now by the door, where they should have been from the beginning. This means the detailing cabinet-in-progress is on the ground awaiting a new home and a bit of finish.

Now we can move back to the design phase…

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