Travel Plane Till

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Project by Mosquito posted 09-03-2012 04:44 PM 3598 views 11 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted this in a forum a little while ago, but figured I’d throw it in a project posting anyway.

I live in an apartment with shared underground parking, and so I work from my spare bedroom. My parents live about 35 minutes from me, some of my other tools are there (also many of my larger clamps too), as well as more space to work (outside). So I go back there to work on some things and once I started getting more planes in my arsenal, I decided making several trips up and down stairs to bring the planes I wanted to, just wasn’t something I wanted to do. So I thought I’d make a storage till with a handle that I could bring home easily.

As can be seen in the last picture, I positioned the handle so the plane till would lean slightly towards me at the top, to help keep the planes in easier. I used a slot on the bottom for them to sit in, and magnets sunk into the back piece to hold the other end of the plane in. I’ve shaken it a fair amount to test whether or not they’d let go, and I’m confident carrying them up and down stairs won’t be an issue. The handle is 1 1/4” Oak Dowel, and hard maple on the sides, bolted to the side pieces. I didn’t want to mount the handle on the top due to the weight.

This is what I came up with. The only mechanical fasteners are for the hinges, latches, and handle. Otherwise I used dovetailed sides and top, and pegs to hold them together, and pegs holding the back in place.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 09-03-2012 04:49 PM

Nice job Chris. Were you going to make an addition, or new wing to house the #8?

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 04:55 PM

Thanks Shane. Heh, we’ll see about that… I was looking at putting something on the side, a bit of a side-holster type thing for the #8, but it’s too large to fit inside.

I also picked up a #4 1/2 that I’m going to have to figure out what to do with… I’ve got some space if I remove some of the spacers up top, so I might have to do that for the #4 1/2. Or I also thought about putting a second magnet in the #6 slot so I could put the # 4 1/2 there too. We’ll have to see once I get it in my hands :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 05:00 PM

Is it deep enough to get some chisels, squares, a saw and maybe a mallet in too? Maybe hanging/secured to thedoor. I am trying to make this thing 100lbs…: )

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 05:24 PM

Good looking, solid and very functional. I think that ought to do it !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 05:35 PM

You might as well make 2 or 3 more. Great job. What’s the finish going to be?

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

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 06:00 PM

Great job Mos!
Make a little cart with wheels and you can boogie around
with several of your custom made Tills.
Nice dovetails.

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 06:05 PM

Love the plugs! Nice till!

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

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 06:43 PM

Shane, I already tried fitting my LN panel saw in it, and that’s too big, so no way my D8’s are going to fit. Chisels, maybe, but I’ve got a leather roll for those, so no need immediately :-P

Thanks MonteCristo

Don, or 6 or 7 ;-) Stack-able individual plane boxes… that all connect up to each other. That way I only have to make another little box when I add a plane lol Not sure on the finish. I was actually thinking of leaving it with out finish, just bare wood. But if I did, probably just clear satin poly or something. If I’m going to keep changing things inside, I’m not sure if I’d want it finished or not.

Thanks Waho, I had thought about putting wheels on it, but I ended up not doing that… yet ;-) Thanks, I’ve been working on my dovetails. I’m not sure if they’re getting much better, but they’re certainly taking a lot less time, so I guess one way or another I’m improving.

Thanks Smitty. I wanted to make it strong and not be able to come apart, but didn’t want to use screws because they just don’t look as good (to me). I glued the pins to each side (long sides) and in one side of the back pine piece. That way it can move freely on the other pins if it expands/contracts. That’s why there’s a slight gap on one side, to allow for wood movement. Wouldn’t want to have it wreck itself lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#9 posted 09-03-2012 08:11 PM

Looks great. Really creative design and nice planes!

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

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#10 posted 09-03-2012 08:15 PM

Came out awesome Mos …. to add that 4 1/2 and #8 you can make it stackable, with wheels ;)

Im really into the doweled sides and DT’s .. i might be inclined to just take it out for a walk around the block.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#11 posted 09-03-2012 08:38 PM

thanks jjw :-)

Thanks Chris, I’m happy with them as well. I had some 3/8” walnut dowel left over from something else, so I used that for the sides, and the dowels in the dovetails. I like the contrast. I used poplar dowels for the top into the back, because I didn’t want those to show as much. Take it for a walk… maybe empty! :-P

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#12 posted 09-03-2012 08:52 PM

Nice work Chris.I also like the design.I wonder what your neighbors think when they see you carrying out bags of shavings.I would put something on it even if its a wash of shellac.If you need some hit me up and I will send ya some flakes.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#13 posted 09-03-2012 09:43 PM

Well… They haven’t seen me carry out any bags of shavings yet… I have 3 garbage bags full sitting in the closet lol. Meant to bring them to the cabin for starting the fire pit, but we never really had many fires this year, so we never needed them.

Hmm… for the saw handle I cleaned up and restored a little bit ago, I just used Bullseye SealCoat, maybe I’ll just do that. I liked the feel of that on the handle

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#14 posted 09-03-2012 10:06 PM

How much does it weigh with all the planes inside?

In my case I would probably need casters … !

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 09-03-2012 11:24 PM

Sweet Mos!

-- Jason K

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