It’s hard to believe just two short years ago the only hand tools I owned were a retractable measuring tape and a few miniature tools (6” nail bar, vise grips, etc). Then I joined Lumberjocks and shortly thereafter The Hand Plane Swap. That’s when I got The Affliction (or it got me)! I bought two block planes, then a bench plane, then…you get the idea. It didn’t stop with planes. I went to check out a Craig’s List ad for planes and not finding any in my price range I bought a saw, then an eggbeater and a brace… Most of what I buy are in desperate need of resurrection, er, I mean restoration! Who am I kidding, the basket cases that follow me home are pitiable. I can’t seem to help myself…I have to save them. My restoration queue is long and I’m running out of room to work for all the crippled and lame tools. (Don’t even let my husband tell you how I’ve taken over HIS shop!)
We’re not even gonna talk about the egg beaters and bits and braces here!
Order must be restored before any tool restoration (or woodworking) can take place. I tried a couple of saw tills that didn’t work out. I thought “If I had a place to keep ‘the waiting’ together and out of the way, I might actually get to them!” So I looked for a container that was long enough to hold my longest saws and found a lidded plastic box that fit the bill.
I decided to place the hand planes in the bottom and build a removable saw till to nestle on top. It also needed wheels to make it mobile so it could be moved about with relative ease.
Off cuts of 2×4’s joined with a section of metal broom handle provided support for the saw till. The hand planes were arranged around the supports. It looks like they’re just tossed in. Be assured they were carefully arranged.
The saw till was an off cut of 1/4” plywood cut to fit the inside contour of the bin using the band saw. A black plastic handled Stanley backsaw was employed to cut slots in a hunk of 2×4 for the saws to rest in that was then glued to the plywood.
After the glue set the slots were further deepened and a few widened to accept rip saws with a lot of set to the teeth. A second cleat was added on the opposite side to hold the backsaws.
A forstner bit was chucked in a brace and a few holes were drilled to accept coax cable that will serve as a lift to remove the saw till to get to the planes below. Didn’t quite get it centered. Oops.
For now it rides on a small Harbor Freight hardwood dolly. It works.
If you’ve stuck with me this long, you’re a trooper! I hope to be posting some restorations soon. Any comments, suggestions are always appreciated. Tell me what’ you think.
Upgraded the ‘chassis’...
-- God bless, Candy