Redwood Plane box - need opinions

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Project by grovemadman posted 03-05-2008 09:12 PM 2321 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought it might be nice to have my restored #5 Bailey in a box to keep it from getting dusty and all banged up between use. I used some Coastal Redwood for the box body, and I wanted to stay with the whole redwood theme. I added some Finished Giant Sequoia scraps in pic to show the contrast.
I have some Giant Sequoia scraps which I had planned on using for a lid to make a nice subtle contrast, now I got to thinking maybe a bronze glass top might be cool too. For the inside I was just gonna make some thin velvet pads or line it with a separate pine insert. Can’t make up my mind now. What do you think??

-- --Chuck

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#1 posted 03-05-2008 09:20 PM

Are you planing to mount the box with the plane laying on its shoe face down? Or vertically? My father-In-Law mounts his vertically and makes a custom holder for each plane and is able to to reach over and grab the handle and lift it up and out, it works great. He has glued a piece of pool table quality felt to the wall and the shoe is held tightly to it using this configuration. To top it off, it looks really cool. Just my 2 cents….

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#2 posted 03-05-2008 09:28 PM

Great looking box, Chuck!

Speaking just for my own personal taste, the sequoia doesn’t provide enough contrast. It’s like it is too different to be a match, but not different enough to provide visual contrast, if that makes any sense.

If you are really going all out for show, I would go with the bronze glass top and the velvet pads inside. Just my 2 cents, and woth every penny of it. :-)

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

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#3 posted 03-05-2008 09:34 PM

Great looking box and excellent miters.

A bronze glass top sounds cool.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-05-2008 09:40 PM

will you hinge the top/lid? i think the bronze glass top woulk look cool. for the inside i think velvet or felt would make it look like a show piece. you realy did a nice job.

-- Terry,SARTEL,MN

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#5 posted 03-05-2008 10:30 PM

bronze sounds nicer than a lid without enough contrast. box looks great so far

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 03-05-2008 11:37 PM

I like all of your Idea’s. Now I’m more perplexed as to what to do than before…LOL The Glass does sound cool and it shows off my restored Bailey, my only concern is it breaking. My friend likes Motthunters Idea of using real bronze to make the top. He has some new left over red Corvette carpet he thinks wood look cool to line the inside. sIKES has a good Idea about how to mount it so I can grab it quickly (I had planned on laying it on its side with cleats to hold it in place) Charlie is right about the contrast. I might try to incorporate a top which uses all of these components, a little of each. If I do use glass I am going to break out the kiln and drop mold the glass a few inches so when turn over it has a bubble type convex shape. Maybe something like a grooved liner attached to the box where the glass can set into with a groovy hand made bronze handle. I can make the glass with holes in it to mount the handle securely.

This would show my wood, metal and glass making skills and be one of a kind. It would be very hard to duplicate for sure! Thanks for the comments and the ideas. Gary, the miters are from the Miter trimmer you just reviewed. I think every woodworker couldn’t go wrong having one in the shop! In fact it is right behind the box in my pics. I am practicing joinery so I can become better at it. I won’t be hinging the top WT – too much stress on the redwood if I use glass.

-- --Chuck

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#7 posted 03-05-2008 11:46 PM


This is a very nice box for a nice restoration job. Did you use the original iron in the #5?

This is a fitting box to display/store the plane in.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 03-06-2008 01:30 AM

Scott, Its all original from what I can tell. The Iron is a Stanley blade. And yes this box was made in part with that plane. I plan on getting a Hock blade and cap iron for it and retiring the Stanley – it has served its years well. The handles are wood and I believe are the ones that came with the plane. It was used at a high school woodworking program so it is really hard to tell for sure. I believe this plane was purchased by the school district in the late 40’s early 50’s when the school was built. I’ll be doing a review on it when its annual cleaning comes up soon.
One thing I’ll say about this plane since I tuned it up, IT WORKS GREAT! Also each time I use it I become more aware of it’s fine points and how I can apply that toward my work. I’ll close by saying that knowing how to properly use a tool is only as important as knowing how the tool itself works… they go hand in hand, so read your manuals guys and your work may improve; I know mine has!

-- --Chuck

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#9 posted 03-06-2008 08:51 AM

Nice work. I have found redwood difficult to work with in fine woodworking because of it’s splintery-ness and oil. I should learn to use it however, because I live in a redwood forest!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 03-06-2008 10:21 AM

Copy that Blake, Nice score on the miter trimmer BTW. I let this acclimate to my shop a few weeks. Haven’t had the splinter probs though, maybe I’m doing it wrong. lol

-- --Chuck

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#11 posted 03-06-2008 03:59 PM

Nice box with great miters. Other than agreeing with the carpet for the bottom, I couldn’t help you much. I keep my planes in slanted racks above my bench(see my projects). I just reach up and grab the one I want. I blow the dust off with the compressor once in a while. It also shakes off pretty easy.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 03-06-2008 08:35 PM

A very nice housing for your special plane. I would like to make a glass top which will show my precious plane. Very good workmanship.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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