Moulding plane till (box)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 05-29-2019 05:19 PM 886 views 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a till to hold my moulding planes. I’ve got a half set of evens, plus a pair of snipes bills and a pair of side rounds, plus a rabbet plane, and I’d like to keep them all together and safe.

The box is made from some flat-sawn beech I got from the shorts bin at the lumber yard, with birch plywood top and bottom. The dowel across the backs of the planes is maple from the hardware store and the board that sits across the front of the planes to hold them in place is more beech.

Hardware is from the hardware store. Just a cheap piano hinge and latches, plus a sash lift handle (not intended for carrying the box, but handy for moving it on and off a shelf).

The last picture shows the “trick” for putting the hinge on. Close the box, but insert a cardboard spacer in the latch side of the box to hold it open. When you put the hinge on, the box will close completely and not bind (in case your cut opening the box, as in picture 5, isn’t quite straight).

Finish is BLO and orange shellac. I’ll probably varnish it at some point, but not today.

Construction was mostly hand tools. I used the bandsaw to resaw the board that holds down the planes. No fancy ornamentation on this box, but I might carve some decoration in the future.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#1 posted 05-29-2019 05:28 PM

Nice job Dave! You make some cool stuff. And have some cool tools.

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#2 posted 05-29-2019 05:31 PM

That is an awesome set of planes you have there. Great looking box to protect them in.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#3 posted 05-29-2019 05:35 PM

Pretty sharp there Dave!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 05-29-2019 05:42 PM

Wow Dave. That’s quite a collection. I really like the simplicity of the box. It’s got me thinginkg about something similar for storing other types of tools.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 05-29-2019 05:44 PM

Dave, well done. Great way to hold/store your treasures. And thanks for the “trick”. I’m just completing a box for my #45 and one for my Russell Jennings bits. I am at the hinge installation point!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 05-29-2019 06:35 PM

Thanks, Tom. My goal was to have all the woodworking tools and have built storage for them by the time I retired. I won’t quite make that, but I’m working on it.

Neil, I scored most of the planes at the local MW-TCA meet back during a snowstorm in February or March. Glad I ventured out that day.

Thanks, Kenny.

Thanks, Nathan. One set of planes from the meet, the rabbet plane from eBay, and the four new planes from Matt Bickford. I think the carving tools are next in the list for a new home.

Glad to help, Bill. A co-worker taught me that trick, and it’s served me well.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 05-29-2019 07:01 PM

Well done Dave! Very neat and organized.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#8 posted 05-29-2019 07:21 PM

Dave that is quite the box, carry all, and storage for what appears to be a nice set of moulding planes. Great job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 05-29-2019 07:33 PM

Very Nice!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 05-29-2019 07:45 PM

Thanks, Duck!

Thanks, SteveN. I was pretty happy to find that half set at the show. Took me about five minutes to head to the ATM and decide to buy them. And with our impending move, I’ve been thinking more about storing the tools securely for a move, too.

Thanks, Andre!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#11 posted 05-29-2019 09:22 PM

Wow, nice wor Dave. Good home for that set

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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Dave Polaschek

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#12 posted 05-29-2019 11:07 PM

Thanks, Mos. I think it’ll do.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#13 posted 05-29-2019 11:17 PM

what a beautiful box for a GR8 set GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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Dave Polaschek

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#14 posted 05-29-2019 11:37 PM

Thanks, Tony!

I’m a little surprised nobody has commented on the big fat pins on my dovetails. I like cutting them chunky, but I might’ve overdone it a little on these.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#15 posted 05-30-2019 12:16 AM

That’s a professional built box Dave. I only wish I had the tools to put in there. Bigger is better, isn’t that what they say. They look fine to me.

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

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