Plane Till Storage and Expansion

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Project by bbasiaga posted 03-18-2018 10:49 PM 1734 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As my planes have been multiplying, I’ve finally gotten around to upgrading the plane till I put together for them.

The first thing, as you see in the first picture, is that I had to expand over. I grabbed a No 5 1/2, 4 1/2 and 8 off of ebay in the last few months, and I still hold hope for a bronze LN no 4 someday. So as I was laying them all out, it became apparent that they were not all going to fit on the board. So I decided I would make a second one for the longer planes. My No 7 and No 8 now live there. Simple construction of plywood, with solid maple trim. Hung with a french cleat. Left a place for a No 6, if I ever get one.

The original configuration of my till can be found here

The other cool thing I did was put some storage boxes in the bottom section of my original till. I had always intended to do this, but never got around to it. I recently got a cool laser cutter from Glowforge. And I figured I’d test it out on the boxes by making box joints. The material is 1/8” maple plywood. Pretty strong but a little flexible. If I had to do it again I’d try for 1/4”. Though it supports the weight just fine as it is, I just generally prefer to overbuild things. :)

The boxes for the router plane and shoulder plane feature an insert made of hardboard and cut to the profile of each tool, so they don’t slide around. I also cut slots for some extra blades and the fence on the router plane insert. Its all nice and snug.

I also added some storage for my saws, which I made just out of plywood by cutting a kerf with the saw in to it. Now they just sit there on the base and lean in to their kerf. Nice and easy. I inserted a shelf in the space to the left of the boxes to help maximize storage ability there too.

In the end, I got an upgrade here for sure. Hopefully everything have a nice place to be will help keep me organized.

Thanks for looking!


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#1 posted 03-18-2018 11:12 PM

Storage area looks great, the laser work is impressive. Nice work.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 03-19-2018 04:24 AM

Stellar job on the plane till build….All good planes need a home….I built one for mine a couple of years ago, although I’m not a hand tool person…..The ones I have belonged to my father-in-law who died a couple of months ago, and my mother-in-law wanted me to have them since I work the wood….

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

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#3 posted 03-19-2018 06:40 PM

This is a beautiful plane storage unit and it will be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 03-19-2018 08:17 PM

Looks great, what kind of angle did you use for the plane till?

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#5 posted 03-19-2018 08:54 PM

I looked up Glowforge. After you get more experience using the Laser Cutter, you should give a review of it – what I see from their website looks pretty cool.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#6 posted 03-19-2018 10:21 PM

Nice Plane till. The laser work looks cool

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#7 posted 03-19-2018 11:31 PM

Thanks everyone!

Looks great, what kind of angle did you use for the plane till?

- Notw

No angle at all. The back is perfectly straight up and down. The planes are retained at the top by those little fingers, and the bottom rail of each space has a 45 on it to keep the base to the backboard unless you lift it up Gravity hold them in place this way. I think Mattias Wendel had a video about how his vertical storage for planes works, if you want more details.



-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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