Plane Till

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Project by ChunkyC posted 01-15-2012 12:41 AM 7847 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a little something to keep my mind occupied today. I’m not one to necessarily follow plans to the letter but I also don’t like to reinvent the wheel. So I searched for some information on plane tills and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of information on the web. So I tossed something together form 1/2 Birch ply.

Nothing at all fancy about this, simple butt joints, a little glue, a few brads and some screws. I was going to get real elaborate with it and make drawers, make it so the till could be hinged up to reveal a “hidden” compartment behind. I even had the walnut sorted and picked out that I was going to use. Then Ockham’s Razor hit me, “The simplest solution is often the right solution.” Time for plan B.

It’s attached to the wall with two French Cleats. I left the sides open so that I could use it to store fences, wax, etc behind the till.

Like I said, not much to get excited over but it serves a purpose and I now have an empty cupboard that I can use for something else other than hand plans.

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 12:42 AM

My head must be on crocked because man does that third picture look like the wall is leaning. lol

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 01:53 AM

Looks good to me. I am going build one.

ChunkyC, you need to tilt the other way : )

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 02:18 AM

Very cool, I’m thinking of doing something similar but smaller for my modest plane collection, what’s the angle you got those things sitting at to be confident they don’t tip back?

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 02:35 AM

What I did was I built the till, loaded the planes into it and then leaned it against the wall at an angle that was pleasing to me. Measured out from the wall, did a little Trig, a little rounding and 22.5° was born. I’m absolutely confident that 22.5° is a lot more than what you really need but I wanted a shelf to set stuff on. So there was a trade off.


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#5 posted 01-15-2012 04:13 AM

Nice plane till.

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#6 posted 01-15-2012 04:15 AM

A very useful project,a nice till.


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#7 posted 01-15-2012 04:12 PM

The only thing that looks nicer than that plane till are those sweeeet planes in it!

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 04:48 AM


I decided that with the newly found space I would move my most used and valued tool, my bench hook, over with the planes. Then came the layout tools. Not too bad but I think that once I get the updated shop layout completed, the hook may hang a little too low. We’ll see.

Sorry for the crappy pics. The only camera I had in the shop was my iPod and it’s lousy at taking pictures.

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#9 posted 01-17-2012 04:01 PM

I just built something similar for mine own (even more modest) planes collection. It has barely any tilt at all, so I needed a little pocket at the bottom of each slot to catch the bottom of the plane. I’ve since realized that some rare earth magnets might have been a more elegant solution.

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#10 posted 01-29-2022 12:35 AM

Too simple. Won’t give us any head aches or make us scrap any stock.

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