Hand Tools Cabinet #3: All aboard the Planes

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 02-17-2009 06:48 AM 16705 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Chisels on the Left, Markings on the right Part 3 of Hand Tools Cabinet series Part 4: Planes - Updated »

I saw this FWW Complete Illustrator Guide to Woodworking, and while I found most of the book to be mediocre (although a nice reference book when you’re starting woodworking) I did pick up a couple of cool ideas from it… then again, it might have been from a different book…lol

so I finally mounted my (until now just laying there) hand planes in the cabinet. The shelves are shaped to the profile of each handplane for full support, the shelf has a small ‘step’ (1/4” deep, 1/8” tall) that the sole of the hand plane butts against – this is to keep the blade from having any contact with any material (it keeps the planes’ sole 1/4” away from the cabinet back)

As everything else with this cabinet. these are all trials on new techniques (box joint, chisel mounts…etc) this time the technique was using wood plugs. I’ve never used plugs, and I used a Lee-Valley plug cutter for this one (3/8”) because of my 0 experience with plugs, it took me 2 plugs to install and realize that they are tepered, and should only go one way… the first 2 plugs I installed backwards, which cause nasty reveal lines around it, but after I noticed they are tapered, the rest looked much better… still need some practice, but I’m happy with my first try.

On we go with our projects, and new knowledge that we keep in the top drawer…

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 02-17-2009 10:33 AM

I think I need something like this, nice work

-- The woodCrafter

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 02-17-2009 12:52 PM

Hi Lev;

You just can’t have too much storage space and tool cabinets / shelves.

Although, looking back, it seems a pattern has evolved. I built a cabinet, I buy more stuff!

coincidence, I think not.

Nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 02-17-2009 01:34 PM

Nice cabinet.

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#4 posted 02-17-2009 01:37 PM

Great job at experimenting with different techniques. The cabinet looks good.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 02-18-2009 05:32 AM

3fingerpat- that is a nice cabinet(s) you made, but I don’t think buying most stuff is a “problem” – it’s a habit!

I figured this cabinet will change face along the years, and I tried to accommodate that using t-tracks in the doors, and keeping things with an option to change and reconfigure it all… I’m also open to the possibility of building a whole new larger cabinet eventually if there is ever a need… it’s all part of the plan. One step at a time.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 02-18-2009 09:19 AM

Nice cabinet… I could use one of these too…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 02-27-2009 06:50 PM

Very nice! I might have to try to make some nice looking joints like that someday . . . for right now I’ll concentrate on my Kreg joints. LOL

-- Bradley Miller, Blue Springs, MO -

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Tim Dahn

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 12:51 PM

Good one Sharon,
I think we all need one of these. Not only does this cabinet give you the needed storage but you also gained knowledge and practice on techniques for later projects. I like the modular aspect of the doors, that will prove to be invaluable as you add tools.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#9 posted 12-09-2009 04:49 PM

Thanks Tim. Those doors do come in handy when a new tool, or concepts comes to mind as it’s really easy to incorporate new additions to it. however, looking at it now, I’m not sure if it was worth the extra trouble (and it was plenty trouble to set those slots in there). it might have been easier to just screw whatever holder is needed to the 3/4” door panel and be done with it – worst case, after you move some things around, you’ll have some minor screw holes showing. but for now – this one works.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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