Venturing into Parts Unknown - Hand Tool/Plane Storage #2: Slow and steady progress

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Blog entry by rhybeka posted 02-21-2017 08:09 PM 2854 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: It starts with a need and an idea Part 2 of Venturing into Parts Unknown - Hand Tool/Plane Storage series Part 3: Almost! But not quite! »

Besides that this is my first foray into hand tools, I’d say it’s going fairly well. I decided to build a false front so the planes would rest at an angle. I changed the layout from the original a bit. I was leaning all of the planes in to take a picture, and the #4 decided to fall out. Luckily I was there to catch it, and there’s a couch directly beneath the till. This concerned me a bit though for obvious reasons. I’m planning on putting 3 rare earth magnets under the 7, 2 underneath the 5,4,3, router plane and possibly the rabbet plane, and 1 under the block planes. just wondering if that’s enough?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 09:48 PM

I would guess that adding the magnets will take care of it. Can you test it to make sure?

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 09:57 PM

Becky -

Just to give you an idea of how I made my plane till for my tool cabinet.

This till is made with 3/4 inch plywood. After I laid out the position of where each plane would be I drilled a 3/4 inch hole from the back side of each plane location (somewhere in the top half of the plane bottom) about 1/16 inch from the surface and used hot glue to fasten a 3/4” magnet. That way the magnet was hidden from view.

The planes would have stayed without the magnet but I put one just to be sure. The 3/4 inch magnet was just enough to hold the planes in place.

This is the drawing of the plane till portion of the tool cabinet.

The planes sit at about 60 degrees (depending on how you measure it).

Hope this helps you.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 02-22-2017 08:37 AM

Did you try putting the troublemakers in toe-down?

-- Mark

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#4 posted 02-22-2017 01:04 PM

Thanks guys!

@Mark – no – but that’s a good thought. I could technically put them all in toe-down.

@Ty Good to know! I was only going to use 1/2” (I think that’s what I have) but I can step it up to the 3/4”

@Charlie guess I’m going to give it a go :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#5 posted 02-22-2017 02:07 PM

Let us know how it turns out. :)

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#6 posted 02-22-2017 07:00 PM

Beka, I did my plane till very similar to tyvekboy’s but only angled it at 15 degrees due to not wanting it to stick out any further off the wall. I used 1/2” rare earth magnets to hold the planes from tipping out. I also chiseled out a little recess for the blades on each plane so they sit down completely flat and make good contact with the magnet. Truth is, I probably could have only used 5 degrees and the magnets would still be sufficient to hold them.

Of course, there are different grades of magnets, the ones I used were N52 rare earth magnets 1/2” diameter x 1/4” thick.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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