Chestnut box for the Veritas Plow plane

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 01-01-2017 11:41 AM 2448 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had the Veritas Small Plow Plane for a few years now with the wide blade conversion kit and the tongue & groove blade, this past spring adding the new beading cutters.

Loosing some part or cutter was just a matter of time so I built this box over the summer to keep everything together in one place.

The old Stanley plow planes came in Chestnut wood boxes so that is the wood I chose for this box too. The chestnut I have is rough sawn, wormy, with nail holes. I wanted to keep the rustic/old look for this box and to use all handtools for the build.

First thing was to re-saw and glue up the sides.

Then flattening and dimentioning all four sides to 3/8”

Cut the front, back and side to final size.

Shoot all the edges to get them square and mark the knife lines.

I need to make a real shooting board!

Shout out to Jim Boatman53 for the marking gauge from the 2013 tool swap!

The original Stanley boxes were box joints but this is hand made so dovetails are in order.

I love the Zona saw for dovetailing, the saw kerf is same width (or less) as the pencil line. Hard to tell which is which.

And then I failed to keep taking photos… for a while

After gluing up the box and making the misc holders for the inside and figure out how to fit everything in , this is how it turned out. I made the blade holder larger to hopefully have space for any new blade or other improvements may be available in the future.

After the lid was fitted and adjusted the box was finished inside and out with a few coats of Tried and True danish oil. Labeled added after a couple weeks of drying.

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

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#1 posted 01-01-2017 02:00 PM

nice wok Tim!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 01-01-2017 02:48 PM

That is a pretty plane box! (It’s all in the spelling ). :-)
It may seem silly to some to make fine boxes like this for shop tools but I have a nice box for some of my planes and it makes me smile every time I open it.
I am sure you will get the same warm feeling when you reach for this one.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 01-01-2017 03:18 PM

Fantastic idea. I should build one for mine too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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#4 posted 01-01-2017 07:54 PM

Lovely box, lovely plane, lovely wood.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 01-01-2017 07:54 PM

I like to make boxes for shop stuff…just made one yesterday…but this box of yours is kinda in a different universe from my boxes. But I do have some nice planes at both shops, so I am thinking it is time to make a somewhat oversized box to house my relatively small collection of planes at each shop.

Don’t think I will ever make a box as handsome as yours, but maybe it will be fun to embellish one a bit as a skill maker.

Have a Happy New Year. Just enjoying having you back here again, working on that big S.Y.P. workbench of yours, and cranking out great projects…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 01-01-2017 08:38 PM

Awesome project! I really like the fact you chose chestnut for the build-keeping true to the vintage Stanley’s.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 01-01-2017 09:04 PM


Shipwright, I feel the same way about opening the box :).

Jim, I just finished adding cork back splash to our kitchen and saved all the cutoffs (what woodworker with any respect wouldn’t?) so the next boxes will probably be cork lined.

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

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#8 posted 01-01-2017 09:22 PM

Tim, very nice work on that box. Love the chestnut, looks terrific. Well done.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#9 posted 01-01-2017 09:27 PM

very nice, me and my plow are jealous!

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#10 posted 01-01-2017 09:37 PM

Great match for a great tool Tim. Nice work.

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

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#11 posted 01-01-2017 10:41 PM

Special tools need a special place

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 01-01-2017 10:53 PM

Tim, this is a very creative box and quite beautifully done. I love the design and artwork and the wood is outstanding. The craftsmanship and details make it a wonderful eye catcher. It’s an interesting project and post.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 01-02-2017 12:50 AM

I admire my fellow woodworkers who respect their tools enough to go to this length. The effort you put in to this box makes it evident you are among those elite. Absolutely beautiful. Bravo, sir!

-- trn2wud

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#14 posted 01-02-2017 02:43 AM

Very nice box!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#15 posted 01-02-2017 05:15 PM

I always save all the cutoffs, and we are about to do some more refurbishing/remodeling in this old house. I won’t do the work, but will scavenge the jatoba that will be left over.

I just made a box for 1/4 sheet paper towels, meaning I pull them off as half sheets (Costco towels), and then cut them in half with a scissors. A quarter sheet is just right for cleaning up glue spills, etc. Others have used napkin holders and napkins. I have a one sheet dispenser for them in my glue box (that houses all my gluing stuff at the site of gluing).

I made boxes for my sanding discs for my ROS, and for nails for my three nail guns. Easy to find, always organized, and convenient to carry to the work site.

I wish My wife was into something other than subway tile for back splashes… (-: no cutoffs from the back splash stuff.

Finally done with the holiday festivities, and maybe I can get something done around here…..

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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