This one actually popped up on YouTube in video form, several days. I’m also pleased to say that it’s had a few views already, with one person so inclined to add a comment as well, which is always welcomed.
One flaw in the ‘convenient’ design of many planer/thicknessers is that you have to remove (and store elsewhere) the fence before you can access the thicknesser. This isn’t usually a problem on larger, more expensive machines but, when you’re only prepared to pay less, you have to come up with your own solution for temporary storage of the fence, as I have done.
Have I really spent the past four-years stashing the fence on top of my workbench, bandsaw or siding mitre saw station?!? It always gets in the way, wherever it ends up. Why has it taken me so long to come up with such a simple solution?
It really is so simple. I’ve copied the design of the metal bracket used to mount the fence on top of the machine, reproduced it in wood and then, have fixed the replica bracket to the removable steel casing on the back of the machine with a couple of bolts and nuts.
This solution may not be for everyone. In some cases – particularly where your machine has quite a large fence – it may not be practical to have an extra six-to-eight inches proud of one side of planer, where you are otherwise constrained for space within your workshop. Those edges aren’t too sharp but, to some, they’ll be at just the right for one of the corners to give you a temporary dead leg, if not a painful nudge in to the nether regions… 😕
At the end of it, you also end up with a handy side-table or support bench to stack your timber as your feeding it through the thicknesser!
Thanks for reading.