Plane Storage Shelf

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Project by oldwolf posted 06-23-2011 06:03 AM 7947 views 15 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cast around for a long while trying to find a better way to store my planes. I had built a saw till, (also included in the first picture) last summer and finally decided that my plane storage should be a companion sized piece. I looked over all kinds of different options but most things seemed so locked into building cubbies for specific size planes and that didn’t seem right for me, especially for my woodies.

Eventually the solution it seemed best to go with was the simplest. A shelf. A simple shelf.

I built the shelf to companion with my saw till so it has the same dimensions 40” tall by 30” wide, 9” deep, built from white pine using almost all hand tools. You can catch all the details of the build on my blog by going here.":

Thanks for looking.

-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 06-23-2011 06:10 AM

Looks very nice. I need to build something as well. I have been thinking something with individual spaces for the planes. This looks like a good opiton.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 06-23-2011 07:05 AM

Very nice. I’d do that if i could, but I’m out of wall space.

So I am thinking maybe a wind chime configuration in the corner. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 09:41 AM

Nice work, lots of storage.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-23-2011 09:44 AM

Yes indeed, they worked out very well – and already full! Guess it’s time to start designing version 2.0. But, that’s half the fun, isn’t it?

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#5 posted 06-23-2011 11:35 AM

Really nice, and all by the hand.
Best thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 06-23-2011 01:01 PM

Very nice Nice place to organize your tool,too.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 06-23-2011 04:28 PM

Nice case and nice collection!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-23-2011 05:27 PM

Nice work, thats a great use of space.

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#9 posted 06-23-2011 06:24 PM


-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#10 posted 06-23-2011 08:17 PM

This I like! Very cool plane storage, and matching it up to the saw till was a nice touch. Currently have most of my users on shelves near the bench as well. There’s a trade-off that involves dust vs. easy access, but it works for me. You work looks great!

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

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#11 posted 06-24-2011 12:49 AM

Very nice. Like the saw till as well. You have hit on something I have been trying to come up with how to do. Thanks for posting.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#12 posted 06-24-2011 04:02 AM

I too, have all mine sitting on a shelf but I need a unit similar to this to maximize my space better. Nicely done.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#13 posted 06-24-2011 11:56 PM

it looks good. I’m struggling trying to figure out where to put mine as well. I just hung the last one I have room for. The one that is in the mail will need some room to.

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

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#14 posted 06-26-2011 05:44 PM

That’s a good set of orderly tools. Can’t wait will all of mine have a proper place.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#15 posted 01-01-2012 04:44 PM

I really like how you didn’t go overboard with spots for each plane. This seems like a good balance of dedicted/flexible space that I hadn’t thought of. Good work!

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