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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 05-10-2019 11:33 PM 846 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a box to hold my plane-making tools (floats, brace and bits, and circle templates). It holds all the tools securely, including the box of my gimlet drill bits and nothing rattles around.

It’s built of 3/4 pine which my sweetie salvaged from some shelves she no longer needed, plus some beech scraps for the dust seal. The hardware is brass from Ace Hardware and set me back less than $20. The box is glued and nailed together, using cut nails from Brooklyn Tool & Craft.

The inserts to hold the floats are pieces of a construction grade 2×6 I had laying in the shop. I sawed and chiseled recesses to hold the floats by hand. The floats with their handles to the left cut on the push stroke, and the handles on the right cut on the pull.

Finish is linseed oil and a couple coats of shellac. The plane carved in the lid is my first bit of “artistic” carving. Not great, but not horrible for a first attempt, I guess. The letters on the front are carved and filled with black wood filler.

-- Dave - Minneapolis





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oldrivers

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#1 posted 05-11-2019 12:32 AM

Mighty Fine box, job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 05-11-2019 12:40 AM

Thanks. It should do the job. We’re probably moving later this year, and this is one set of tools I don’t have to worry about during the move.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 05-11-2019 12:40 AM

Everything fits good Dave. I love the idea of the cut nails, something you just don’t see anymore.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 05-11-2019 12:45 AM

Thanks, Dave. I’ve bought eight different half-pound batches of cut nails. So now I need to build a little cabinet to hold them! But I agree that they’re a nice touch.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 05-11-2019 12:56 AM

Looks great Dave. Nice to have treasured tools well secured and handy when you need them….GREAT job!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#6 posted 05-11-2019 01:47 AM

Very nice Dave.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 05-11-2019 08:56 AM

Thanks, Kelster & Swirt!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#8 posted 05-11-2019 09:10 AM

Nice tool box. I like when someone takes such care of his tool.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 05-11-2019 09:12 AM

Nice work Dave,

You may be interested in seeing this post from Pottzy. I had a scan through it so see if you had seen it and commented first up but no presence of DP there so I thought you may enjoy the you tube element.
Dont mind Sandy Nelson in the background!

https://www.lumberjocks.com/topics/290521

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 05-11-2019 10:55 AM

Indeed, Rob. These are for building moulding planes, and I’ll likely not achieve that kind of finish on my first few. But I may manage to make some missing crown moulding for my house eventually.

Thanks, Ivan. They won’t be used often, so keeping them sharp and ready to go will make life easier when it is time to pick them up.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 05-11-2019 06:52 PM

Nice box! I’ve seen some of your planes. Their great.
What type of brace ist that? Looks like an antique stanly.

I noticed that you put a link in your story.
I always wondered how that’s done.

-- James E McIntyre

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 05-11-2019 09:05 PM

Thanks, James. I think it’s an old Stanley, but any marks are hiding from me.

To put in a link, select some text and then hit the little chain button to put in the link.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#13 posted 05-11-2019 09:46 PM

Dave. Thanks for the help with the link.

-- James E McIntyre

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#14 posted 05-12-2019 12:23 AM



.... We’re probably moving later this year…..
- Dave Polaschek

Hey D’P’, if you’re looiking for a place to stay, all the houses around me are vacant/up for sale… seems like all my neighbours have moved out… real estate suddenly become cheap in Churchill since I moved down here… Damn, I missed out on the bargains…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 05-12-2019 10:03 AM

I found one!

-- Regards Rob

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