Plane Till

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 03-01-2021 02:45 AM 1298 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in the midst of moving my workshop from a small basement space to a slightly larger basement space. I posted my saw till previously, and this week I built a plane till for my “users”.

The design is straightforward, although I purposely echoed the saw till as the two tills bookend my wall of tools. The body of the till is poplar, the resting board is mahogany (plywood), and the separators are lacewood. The little rest on the side for my burnisher is mahogany. The till is finished with a couple of coats of BLO and hangs on a French cleat built into the top stringer. Everything is dovetailed and with the exception of the grooves for the resting boards was done by hand. The planes are captured with 3 or 4 rare earth magnets and seem to be secure. (If not I’ll add a heel board.) The front stringer was left unglued, and I might come back at some point and decorate it with a carving.

The planes are a Stanley #5, a Veritas smoother, a Stanley #4, and a Grosz #4 that I’ve converted to a scrub plane. The shelf below currently holds a router plane and a shoulder plane.

(I’ve learned, btw, that I can make a French cleat using a drawknife very quickly!)

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 06:00 AM

Nice work, always good to be organized and have everything ready to go. Now getting more shop time in, that is always the challenge. LOL

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 11:28 AM

There is a till in my future. Thanks for posting.

-- Petey

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 05:11 PM

I agree I need to make a till like that, although quite a bit larger.

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 10:24 PM

Very smart and functional. Like the magnets.

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#5 posted 03-02-2021 03:12 AM

Very nice.

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