Hand Plane Till

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Project by CodyM posted 10-15-2012 02:59 AM 19379 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hand plane till was made entirely with hand tools. Mostly because I don’t have a jointer and my table saw is out of commision right now. The majority of the wood is recycled pine from a long shipping crate I snatched up at work. It was going to go straight in the garbage but after looking it over I decided that some of it is good enough to be used on some projects. It has alot of knots and many pieces are severely twisted but I was able to choose some that was tolerable. Joined with dovetails at the corners and hung on the wall with a french cleat. Finished with two coats of brushed on shellac. Dimensions are 32” tall x 24” wide x 8 1/4” deep.

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 10-15-2012 03:13 AM

Very nice plane till and I like the French cleat
as well.

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#2 posted 10-15-2012 12:05 PM

Way to transform scrap into a nice looking and functional unit.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#3 posted 10-15-2012 12:44 PM

Very nice, I just made one yesterday, but yours is far nicer. Is that an old Auburn plane up top? I think I have that same one sitting in the same spot on my till :)

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 12:58 PM

Your plane till just has “win” written all over it. Nice job! I need to get busy on mine…

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 06:14 PM

Great job bud, this project is high on my list of “to do’s”

I always enjoy viewing projects made from recycled or scap timber.

Well done and I like the dovetails.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#6 posted 10-15-2012 06:17 PM

I forgot to ask, How long did it take you to build it Cody?



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#7 posted 10-15-2012 07:35 PM

great upcycling :-)


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#8 posted 10-16-2012 02:37 AM

Very nice plane till. I need to build one of those myself. What did you use for the loops that hook over the front knobs? Is that some leather cord?



-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#9 posted 10-17-2012 04:03 AM

Thanks for all the kind words everyone.

BinghamtonEd- The plane sitting on top is stamped “New York Tool Co.” on the toe of the plane. And has a W. Butcher iron in it.

Bluekingfisher- I dont know the exact amount of hours but if I had to guess I would say 30-40 hours spread over a two week period. My projects always seem to take longer than they should due to the fact that the workbench I have is a POS and had my lathe sitting on it, so this entire project was built off my table saw that is out of commission. Definately not ideal due to lack of size of table top and vises/workholding capability, but it doesn’t rack or move at all (unlike my workbench.)

docholladay- The handle loops are just a regular type boot lace. I would have preferred to use leather lace but I drilled the holes too small and cant fit any of the leather lace I have through the holes. And half the holes are in such a tight spot that I cant get in there to enlarge them.

-- Cody - Salt Lake City, UT

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#10 posted 05-30-2020 08:12 PM

This is a very nice plane till, and it earns a place of honor by being made from recycled lumber. The big old wood plane on the top caught my eye – it suggests a great way to show off an old workhorse – I have one that is about that size, and it now has a possible display home. The little shelf at the bottom would be a nice place for my old coffin plane, and the slanted area would easily hold my Stanley transitional plane.
And BTW, the dovetails at the bottom look really nice. As Yoda would say, “skillful you are”.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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