Plane Tray

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Project by Wav posted 03-06-2016 10:34 PM 1448 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We all know that laying a Plane on it’s side can knock it out of alignment and sitting it flat on a workbench can cause damage to the Iron especially if the surface is dirty or may have metal screws or other objects present. One solution to prevent damage while using or storing your planes is to make a tray for it to rest in. I don’t have a large shop and I really don’t use my planes that often; but, when I do I’d rather them to be ready when needed and protected when they are stored.
Using some scraps of Maple and Alder, I made a simple Tray or Sled for them to rest in while being stored or waiting for me to adjust my work piece. The bottom is a scrap piece of a maple panel I made. The actual holder assembly is from some scrap alder that was sitting in the scrap pile. The project was fairly simple and only took a couple of hours to complete, from start to finish. I took my #4 and #5 Planes and traced their outlines and cut the pieces using a scroll saw. I glued and screwed the pieces to the maple blank and once the glue was dried, I had a tray to safely and neatly store in.
I know it is a simple project. But I’m sure it will prove itself worth the trouble. No more banged up Irons, a reduction in having to hone or sharpen the iron or re-aligning the Iron from being knocked askew from lying the plane on it’s side.

-- Maddog Creations

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#1 posted 03-07-2016 10:16 PM

Great idea. I still go out of my way to find a good place to set mine. That place is not always handy to where I’m working. I think I need one of these. Great job, thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 03-08-2016 12:21 AM

Other than a few screws and a dab of glue, it really didn’t cost a dime and it will save that Iron from damage. I’m still learning how to use a plane. The first thing I learned was laying on it’s side wasn’t a great idea because you can knock the Iron out of alignment, it seems trivial, but it a real pain to get it just right and then make a skewed cut because you laid it down. And it only takes one little screw or piece of a metal tool to wreck that edge. Also, no more getting banged around in the tool box. The advantages far outweigh the little time it takes to make.

-- Maddog Creations

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