Hand plane till with "hidden" storage

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Project by LukieB posted 03-02-2012 12:48 AM 22641 views 39 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had to find a storage solution for my rapidly growing hand plane collection. Even more rapid once I started designing it. I wanted to leave space for some planes I didn’t have like the #6 and the 5-1/2, but couldn’t find any reliable dimensions online, so I went ahead and hunted them down on Ebay. Slippery slope indeed. This project was inspired by ChunckyC’s till. Not so much for what it was, but for what it could have been. It was his idea to have a “hidden” compartment behind the planes. I really liked the idea since in my small shop storage has to be maximized whenever possible. It just so happened that I was also looking for a dust free space to store my adhesive backed sandpaper that i had bought for truing the soles of these old planes on a granite block. The till is made of mostly solid maple except for the 3/4” plywood door and the 1/4” ply back. Most of which I had laying around from previous projects. The door is attached to the cabinet with a piano hinge that runs the length of it. I put a solid maple edge on that side because i thought it would hold screws better, then it looked kinda stupid so I decided to edge the whole thing. I made the edging for the sides taller to match the plane spacers and it really came out nice. I left some space on the bottom of the door that i could place some future additions.(a Veritas bevel up smoother is the first thing that comes to mind.) I decide I liked the “hidden” idea so instead of a handle right there, I just put a notch in the bottom of the shelf big enough for two fingers to open the door. The cabinet part is solid maple just put together with pocket screws. Most of the tills I had seen here on LJs the planes were facing the other way, but I really liked the way they looked with the Stanley lever caps all lined up. That meant a series of intricate notches to get them to sit the way I wanted. I should have taken a picture of what the back of that board looked like before I glued it on there. This formation also meant all the blades would be lined up, so I put a dado running the length of the till so the blades wouldn’t hit anything when pulling them in and out. This project sorta spiraled outta control and got nicer and nicer as I went along, so by the time I went to put some finish on it I ended up doing like 7 coats. I’m really happy with how it turned out but I’m kinda ashamed of how long I spent on it. Wife thinks I’m crazy, some of you might think so too.

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

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 01:04 AM

Great till, Lukie. I made one and it didn’t last long until I was out of space! I’m sure you’ll have the same problem too. Out will go that sand paper etc. and you’ll be using the hidden storage space for more planes. Scraper planes, rebate planes, router planes, you get the idea. :-) Great work and welcome to the slippery slope.

Oh and I really like the orientation of the planes on this till. It seems that fixing them by the knobs seems nice and stable. Did you have any problems with low knobs versus high knobs etc?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 01:45 AM

It seems like this would be a lot more convenient if it opened sideways, even with the door at an angle. Is there a specific reason for it to open vertically? Once I start making provisions like this for my tools, I think my collection will get a boost as well! Great job

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 02:21 AM

Very nice. It appears you have planned/engineered this plane till with alot of thought. As for running out of room, that isn’t the worst problem in the world. Just think, the next till will be even better. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 02:38 AM

Nice job and thanks for the inspiration to make something like this for my ever expanding collection of hand planes.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 03:07 AM

Nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 03:39 AM

So nice…..I really like this and great planes as well….enjoy!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#7 posted 03-02-2012 04:23 AM

Worthy to be copy.
Thanks for sharing.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#8 posted 03-02-2012 01:29 PM

looking good :-)


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#9 posted 03-02-2012 03:05 PM

Hey, where are the No. 1 and 2 planes? :)

Just kidding. Very nice job and a creative solution.

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#10 posted 03-02-2012 03:32 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments guys!!

Brandon- Most of my Stanleys are from the same era so they all have the high knob. The only problem I had with the knobs was the #6 and #7 required a bigger notch, 1-3/8 instead of 1-1/4 like the rest.

Vacman- With the weight of all those planes on there it just made more sense to me to put the hinge on top, I thought that it would sag with the hinges going vertical, plus I thought on the top they would be less noticeable.

Brett- LOL, I think you know why there’s no 1 or 2, but if you’ve got any, I’m always looking:-)

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

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#11 posted 03-02-2012 04:42 PM

Great looking plane till. And if you are crazy… you are my kind of crazy.

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#12 posted 03-02-2012 07:38 PM

LukieB, I’ll send you one of each—as soon as I have one of each for myself. :)

-- More tools, fewer machines.

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#13 posted 03-02-2012 08:37 PM

Go out to you wifes minivan and steal the hydraulic lifts from the tailgate. Then add all the weight you want.

I like it.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#14 posted 01-07-2013 04:36 AM

Luke, I just stumbled on this. I really like the design. I am looking to make a till for myself too and am looking as the storage space behind so having a till that flips up like yours or opens sideways is a mandatory thing. Having the planes ‘tail up” is sure different and I like it although I am undecided on how I will ultimately build mine.
Storage wise, I am going to plan space for additional planes as I build mine as I will be putting the till in a wall cabinet so I don’t want to build a second cabinet.
Thanks for posting the project, It gave me some ideas for mine.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#15 posted 01-07-2013 04:43 AM


-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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