LV Hand Plane Wall Till

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 03-27-2015 07:35 PM 4877 views 13 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For a while now I have been bug bitten by hand tool work and in particular hand planes made by Veritas. It is taken me by surprise how quickly my collection has grown so, I thought it time to build a suitable storage system for them.

We recently had our conservatory/sun room taken down. It had been erected by the previous home owner, unfortunately the ravages of time and minimal maintenance by the previous owner meant it was beyond economical repair. The good news was, it being made from hardwood it has yielded a sizeable amount of useable timber, even after all the rot and hardware has Ben removed. It looks to be some form of mahogany.

The sections are all in different dimensions however there are a fair few 6×2” x 6ft sections, more than suitable for the woodworking I usually do. However to maximise the yield I took the boards to the bandsaw where I deep cut them in two.

I should have mentioned this till is derived from an article in the Fine Woodworking magazine from which I built an almost exact copy for my Stanley planes a couple of years ago. This time around I made a couple of changes, primarily because I misplaced the article ( of course having now completed it, I found the magazine). The main difference was I used dovetail joinery rather than housing joints for assembling the case. I also made it a little deeper.

I find it easier to gang the boards together for cutting the tails, in fact I cannot cut anything like an accurate tail on a single board.

Cutting the housing joints for the shelves were easy enough, although the sloping groove to hold the plane back board was a little tricky because it was on a narrow board. The slope is 5 degrees off sqaure from the shelf housing joints. I clamped the boards together and screwed a fence with the necessary offset to cut the joint. We are all aware of the issues of cutting an accurate joint with a router bit when using ” under sized ” plywood. I had an off cut of BB ply which measured 17.62 mm, not exactly a straight forward thickness. I am fortunate enough to own a set of router bits to cater for this situation.

I used the 17.5mm cutter, by the time I sanded the ply it was a snug fit, well worth the outlay if you hate monkeying around with trying to,cut to a line with a smaller cutter.

Once assembled and after the glue had dried a once over with my old Stanley 4 1/2 cleaned up the milling marks and DT joints.

I used a spirit based dark stain for the cabinet, I also took the time to Stain it before assembly. I figured trying to keep the stain off the light coloured ply would have been impossible. I added a little red stain to the dark stain for use on the divider strips, hoping to match the bubinga handles on the planes. Two coats of water based satin poly was applied for protection. I also for fun, used brass screw cups to add a little bling and again, to match the tool cabinet I built this time last year.

Thanks for looking.



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#1 posted 03-27-2015 07:50 PM

Absolutely beautiful work! You did an outstanding job in the craftsmanship of your latest wall till. Just one question: Doesn’t Veratis make a few more models of planes, so where are you going to store them? ;-)

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#2 posted 03-27-2015 08:34 PM

Thanks for the kind words John, and yes, there are a couple more planes needing a home. I have plenty of timber and have a space on the wall cleared so all I need now is the time.

Hope all is well with you guys.


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#3 posted 03-27-2015 09:07 PM

Beautifully done. Great way to store and display.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 09:08 PM

Great job

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 09:25 PM

Awesome David, Makes the planes look even better;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 09:33 PM

Your plane till looks great. You also have a pretty nice collection of planes. Which planes do you use most often. The old Stanleys of the Veritas ones?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 03-27-2015 10:18 PM

Absolutely magnificent craftsmanship. So very useful for careful proper storage and damage prevention

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 10:32 PM

Hey David,
The plane tills look great, and that is a mighty nice collection of planes.

Have a blessed evening, and keep having fun making dust, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#9 posted 03-27-2015 10:45 PM

Thanks very much guys for the comments and kind words, very much appreciated.

Peter – to answer your question, I use the old Stanley’s all the time, the Veritas are still very much ornaments at the moment. I have a vision for the future lol. After retirement I hope to have all the time I need to play with them. So they are an investment really, an early present to myself, as it were As of now, I am still in the midst of a home remodel which will hopefully come to a conclusion about the time I retire.

Thank you al again for,taking the time to comment.


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#10 posted 03-27-2015 11:20 PM

Hey amigo,

I must say that you did a stellar job on the plane till. I didn’t know you were such a “plane nut”, not a “plain nut”, but a “plane nut”.....:)

That’s one beautiful piece you put together. I’m not much on hand tools, cause they kill my back to use them, with all that bending and stooping. I’ve been rather lax in my woodworking the last several months. I think I need to comsume some of those “energy” drinks to get me kick-started. But being retired, I have all the time I need… Keep up the good work, pal, and keep posting them beautiful projects.

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#11 posted 03-28-2015 12:58 AM

Too bad about the sun room David but you sure made good use of the lumber .
Very classy and impressive plane till but then for that kind of investment in planes what would I expect .
Love the bling .


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 03-28-2015 02:44 AM

Nice project and build.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 03-28-2015 05:37 AM

Double dovetail cuts – never seen that before. You never had success doing one at a time? Great till.

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#14 posted 03-28-2015 07:46 AM

Rick, klaus, Alex and ColT – thanks for the comments gents, very much appreciated. I hope you and yours are all well.


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#15 posted 03-28-2015 11:33 AM

This is very impressive. Excellent job. Will you be getting rid of all of your power tools when you retire to concentrate on the Veritas collection?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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