Plane Hanger

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Project by Quixote posted 11-30-2008 08:48 PM 4619 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My planes used to live in a drawer in my toolbox, or in my travel box.
I was inspired by Douglas Bordner’s plane till, < > ( who I understand was inspired by Thomas Angle’s collection < ).

In concept I wanted something a little more flexible in arrangement, and in practice perhaps a little quicker to build.

I had a single board that I had salvaged from an old workbench. Using my deWalt planer, this board demolished a set of blades but it pulled out some character that I had no idea how to incorporate into anything else I was working on. As tough as this was on the deWalt, I thought of how glad I was that I wasn’t trying to sweat through this with a hand plane. Then it struck me that the perfect use for this would be as a plane hanger.

Just imagine how grateful all these old Stanley’s are that I didn’t make them do this piece? I didn’t want to hide any of the character, so with a little strategic placing of the hanger pegs, I get to display the character of the wood along with some of my traditional tools.

Pegs are 1/2” hardwood, 4 “ in length 3 1/4” exposed. Holes drilled with a 6” spacing at 6* angle. Block planes are on 3/8” hardwood, 4” length at a 4” spacing. Very light Early American stain with one coat of tung oil finish. Held to wall studs with 3” drywall screws. Entire unit can transfer to new workshop emerging from the basement clutter soon.

-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#1 posted 11-30-2008 08:58 PM

What a good idea.Your planes look good hanging there.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#2 posted 11-30-2008 09:00 PM

Very nice collection of old Stanley planes and very well displayed.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#3 posted 11-30-2008 09:19 PM

I like the things a use all day right at hand like you.
That excellent use of what could have been plain storage.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 11-30-2008 09:36 PM

simple but effective!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 11-30-2008 09:36 PM

Very neat Quixote

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 12-01-2008 12:00 AM

Nice set-up you’ve got there with those planes. Simple, but elegant. Very nice!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#7 posted 12-01-2008 12:03 AM

Great organizer for your shop. I was half expecting to see a large building with an airplane in it.

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 12-01-2008 01:02 AM

Planes in parade formation. Dress Right.

Lookin’ Good!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 12-02-2008 03:15 PM

It looks like a great place to hang around.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 12-02-2008 06:35 PM

I guess you cant have too many planes?

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#11 posted 01-15-2009 01:16 AM

Added to the competition of a Knot Like No Other.

While the work is certainly not award winning…it let’s my work, and my tools tell a story. It also let’s me acknowledge the inspiration that others have given me.

I loved the simplicity that made an otherwise difficult to use piece of lumber, a functional tool storage, display.


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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#12 posted 01-16-2009 03:26 AM

Beautiful Board. I like that you decided to expose the character rather than cover it.

Good Luck in the contest.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Douglas Krueger

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#13 posted 01-23-2009 05:50 PM

A unique board with a character that needed to come out, well done and the Stanley brothers thank you for sparing them.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#14 posted 03-02-2010 05:39 AM

not only do you get to save a great piece of wood ya get to show of prized tools as well

great combo

-- dannymac

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#15 posted 12-30-2010 02:37 AM

Thats a great idea!

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