Molding plane storage

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Project by ITnerd posted 01-23-2012 03:34 AM 3348 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Needed some quick vertical storage for some of my molding planes, and whipped this up out of scrap birch and oak 3/4 ply, a beech offcut, and some poplar (for the cleat). This holds just over 15 planes and can stay on the wall for small tasks or get moved to the work for more involved projects.

I will probably move to the more common ‘shallow shelf’ solution, once space for my new bench has been cleared (and the precious wallspace behind it). But for now, it gets them up and easily moved around the shop, and can quickly go outside with the Jawhorse when the weather turns nice.

I plan to paint this to make it blend with the wall, an idea stolen from Phil Bumbalough shop at his BenchMark site. I actually plan to us alot of his storage ideas, although I believe my entire shop could fit in the shade of his saws sliding table. Even more reason to use every nook of space.

Anyhow, hope you enjoyed – Enjoy the rest of your Weekend.

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 03:40 AM

That’s a great storage system and lots of cool planes

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 04:39 AM

Droolz…Sweet collection!

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#3 posted 01-24-2012 04:40 AM

Great simple solution. Were’s your favorite place to get molding planes?

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 04:35 PM

Thanks guys – I tend to get them in the following places ( most to least):

1. Antique/tool stores – condition, type and price will vary. The consignment shops are a bit pricier because you can’t haggle as much when the actual merchant isnt there. Like somebody said – you just gotta show up.
2. Online Tool Dealers – price goes up, but so does the quality (for the reputable dealers).
3. Local Estate Sales/ Flea Markets – rarer with time it seems.
4. Online Auction Site – condition, description and price vary wildy. Worth keeping an eye on, but I’ve sourced more stinkers than winners. This is likely due to bad luck and worse eyesight.

My first love was a Sandusky Tool Co 3/8 beading plane. I was loitering in an auction down the street from my sisters new home, waiting for her to get back. I was searching for Bedrocks at the time, and saw it in a pile of rotten older woodies.

The golden flecked rays of the beech seemed unreal, and although dusty, the edge was sharp as a razor. Mine for $5 dollars, which is good, because I had no damn clue what it was. A few months later, I remembered it, and put a few beads on some rectangular oak handles I was making. Haven’t been right since…

P.S. – Nice bookshelves phiflint!

-- Chris @ Atlanta - JGM - Occam's razor tells us that when you hear hoofs, think horses not zebras.

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