Perhaps the world's Ugliest Plane Till

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Project by PPK posted 11-07-2016 02:46 PM 2558 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, maybe just North Dakota’s ugliest.

I made something to store my planes in so they are all in one spot. It’s entirely out of scraps of Oak plywood (with the grain running the wrong direction) and scraps of pine from my cutoff pile. I glued in some earth magnets to keep the planes from tipping out, since the angle isn’t very great. It’s 6” deep, and I did this on purpose. I don’t have a whole lot of space, and don’t want the thing jutting out into my workspace. It works very well, and since I didn’t apply any finish, it’s not as noticeable that it’s all scrap and looks like…. well, like it was built in a hurry out of junk ;-)

I also threw in some screws/pegs to hold my saws. If I get more planes, I’ll bump the saws and put the planes in. If you have an uglier plane till, please link – I’d love to see it!!!

For those really observant ones – yes, I do have a few Harbor Freight items in there alongside my nice Veritas planes/saw… let’s just say growing pains. I’m not a hand tools only guy by any means. And I don’t own any Lie Nielsons either. But I’ve been finding how a good smoothing plane can really be useful at times, and same with a good dovetail saw.

-- Pete

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#1 posted 11-07-2016 02:54 PM

I’m still looking for the ugly parts.

Looks good. Holds your tools easily at hand and is designed and built to fit your space, so mission accomplished.

BTW, I am a big hand tool user and have one of those Harbor Freight planes. I put a camber on the blade and use it to scrub lumber that might have metal or other stuff in it that I don’t want to scratch up my better planes. It works decent as a scrub—only real downside is that it dulls quickly.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#2 posted 11-07-2016 03:13 PM

Looks fine to me. That’s what scraps are for:-)

BTW if you scrape off the excess glue your magnets will stick hold the plane better. But I think you already knew that.

I can’t tell from the picture is that a LV scraper plane or Lie Nielsen?
How well does it work? I have wanted one for a long time.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 11-07-2016 03:32 PM

Nice. I really like how you put all the ugly parts in the back so you can’t see them!


-- Brady, Texas,

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#4 posted 11-07-2016 03:49 PM

That Is not ugly by any means. It Is way better than mine, because..I…..don’t….have…a…Till.
All My planes are in drawers.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#5 posted 11-07-2016 04:03 PM

woodchucker, It’s a Lee Valley Veritas scraper. It does work very well. Some have complained that it’s really hard to set up, but I had no problems. It is definitely not a regular plane that rips off big curlies – it is a scraper! That being said, It does seem to need to be sharpened more often than an regular plane. I did a review on it – might be of help to you.

-- Pete

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#6 posted 11-07-2016 07:04 PM

I like the grain on the gack running horizontal. Looks very clean an usefull and serves its purpose. The thing about items like this is that they need to change with us as we add or subtract.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#7 posted 11-07-2016 07:10 PM

I made something similar a few years ago still working like a champ!.. your’s looks really good, great idea on the magnets!!

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#8 posted 11-07-2016 08:57 PM

Looks good from over here, with room to grow.
Be careful of the magnet placement as not to come in contact with the blade … always on the sole … some of yours look pretty close but it could be the camera angle.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#9 posted 11-07-2016 09:07 PM

Yes, I did think of that – but the magnets are all recessed just a tiny bit and covered with the epoxy glue, so if the plane iron does land over a magnet, it will only be on the glue. I guess I’m not sure how hard epoxy is on the iron, but I’d guess its a lot easier on it than the metal of a magnet!

Thanks for the comments & compliments. I did edge band the plywood to make it look a bit better, but there’s still a lot of splinters and tear out visible… My photography sucks, so you can’t see it!

-- Pete

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#10 posted 11-07-2016 09:32 PM

Looks real good to me, very nice collection!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 11-07-2016 10:44 PM

As has been said, looks pretty great to me. Way to get rid of that old scrap plywood.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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#12 posted 11-08-2016 11:00 AM

Ugly? Heh. This is ugly—

Yours makes my look uglier than even a mother could love. :D Great job. :)

-- -- Paul: jack of all dreams, a master none.

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#13 posted 11-08-2016 05:08 PM

You are too modest. Awesome cabinet for awesome tools.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 11-09-2016 03:19 PM

Yes!!! It’s UGLY!!!!! It’s so ugly, I wouldn’t put it in your shop. Pack it up and send it to me. I’ll be glad to hide it in my shop so no one has to see it.

Nice work, PPK.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#15 posted 11-10-2016 04:57 AM

Looks great to me… nice job. I’ve got one of these on my to do list as well.

-- -- Jim, Cumberland,RI -- Life is all the other stuff you do when you're not in the shop. -

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