Display cases for old tools

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Project by JustplaneJeff posted 04-11-2014 02:37 AM 3654 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built from QSWO. Designed to resemble a showcase one might have seen in a hardware store 100 years ago. I built these to display some of my old woodworking tools.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#1 posted 04-11-2014 02:40 AM

Very very nice. The case and the tools. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 02:49 AM

Beautiful job Jeff. I’ve always loved those old oak display cases, and I need to build myself one.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 05:52 AM

Very nice! And what an outstanding tool collection.

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#4 posted 04-11-2014 08:35 AM

Very nice…as if it would come out of a 1920 tees store! but, these tools should be used shouldn’t they?
Client asked me to build a similar display but for a ship model, but it’s so big that you would need a forklift to move it. So figuring out how to make it in parts that could be assembled on site…

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#5 posted 04-11-2014 10:58 AM

All the tools in my collection are fair game for use in my shop. Thru the course of the day if one of my “collector” tools is the best tool for the job, its pulled down off the shelf, used and put back. That is why my tools are displayed in my shop and not my house{The wife might have something to say about that anyway}. Plus I get to see them all day while I work.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#6 posted 04-11-2014 11:47 AM

Beautiful display cabinets, fantastically beautiful tool collection. Old hand tools, such a joy to use.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 04-11-2014 11:58 AM

I wish I had that many to “Display” instead of Use! Beautiful work sir, my hat’s off to you! Love the finish on the QSWO!

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#8 posted 04-11-2014 06:55 PM

I agree with JustplaneJeff, I enjoy using my antique tools more than just looking at them. They are not daily users more for nostalgia and respect for that they represent. Makes me appreciate the speed and ease of modern tools but allows me to keep the skills of old. Can’t forget where we came from…

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#9 posted 04-11-2014 11:04 PM

Fabulous – really diggin the QS grain. Are these lovely vintage tools relegated to the case? Or do you still use some of them. I figure you probably have so many, you use the ones you use and the rest go into the case ;)

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#10 posted 04-12-2014 03:28 AM

Just awesome , might have to steal the design on the small cabinet if you dont mind. What angle is the front of the case set back at ?

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#11 posted 04-12-2014 11:22 AM

Very nice Jeff. Does your collection focus in an area.

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

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#12 posted 04-12-2014 12:23 PM

Don, I have been a carpenter my whole life, 30 years for pay and about 5 years for free{Dad was also a carpenter}. Started collecting planes for use about 20 years ago, knowing only I could buy used planes cheaper than new ones. Met John Walter in the early 90s and he borrowed one of my planes for a type study, when he returned it came with one of his books, and I was bitten by the collecting bug. Since then, I have spent weekends at flea markets, auctions and antique shops when time allows, buying mostly carpentry related tools.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#13 posted 04-14-2014 06:34 PM

Wow! They look like they belong in a museum. Awesome cabinets for those beautiful tool collection. Amazing work! It must be fun just to look at those beauties.

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