Around the Shop #3: Travel Plane Till

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 01-17-2013 06:58 PM 2130 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a project that I posted a little while ago. The back story is that I live in an apartment about 35 minutes from my parents’ place. I go back and forth between the two if I’m doing extensive work where noise might be an issue (mortising, any power tools, etc). Not liking making a lot of trips to carry handplanes down the stairs, I built this special till to make that easier…

I started by using some poplar for the top and sides, and dovetailed them together.

Then, I started work on the front door. For this I decided to try something I hadn’t done before, and do a raised panel door. I made the frame using pegged bridle joints. This was all done with hand tools

Here was my small scale test of this process.

Right, good enough for me :-)
Got to work making the front door



And smoothed

I got lazy with pictures when making the raised panel, but I cut a rabbet with the #45, and then made the raised panel portion with the #3

Here it is just sitting on top of the other pieces

Quick test layout

Then I cut a piece of 3/4” edge glued pine to size, and pegged it in place. I glued the pegs into one side of board so they wouldn’t move, and left the other side unglued, to allow for expansion. I also left a slight gap so I wouldn’t have issues with it blowing apart.

Then for a little added strength and/or peace of mind, I pegged the pin board pieces into the tail board, so the sides couldn’t pull the tails out. Due to the weight, I felt like over building, rather than having something go wrong


With that sorted, I attached latches and hinges to the front door, and then turned my sights on the handle.

For this, I used 2 pieces of hard maple, drilled and bolted them to the sides, after boring a hole half way through for a 1 3/8” oak dowel.

I got lazy with the pictures again, but here it is

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 07:07 PM

Nicely done! I am curious how you made the raised panel.

-- "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 07:10 PM

I’ve always liked this little till, Mos! Love the joinery! Too bad you have to carry it up and down those stairs…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 07:18 PM

Thanks Terry. I’d rather have no one above me, and have my vaulted ceilings, than not have to carry them up and down stairs lol It’s just once each way whenever I use it, so it’s not so bad. Carrying all the workbench pieces (like a 2.75” thick, 9” wide, and 48” long red oak slab, for example) was significantly less fun lol

Thanks Richard.

I made the raised panel by cutting a rabbet with the #45 all the way around. Kind of. The small scale test shows what I was originally aiming for. But then I screwed up the depth of the first rabbet on the actual one, though. It got too thin on the side, so I broke it off, and planed it down. Luckily, the width was just enough to fit into the frame still, so I then (more carefully) cut 1/4” rabbets on both sides, and glued in 1/4” pieces of red oak I had (you can see that in the last picture on the inside of the door).

I just used the #3 to plane the angle from the rabbet into the face of the panel. I marked where to stop on the face before I started, but that’s not entirely required if you can eye ball it (being my first, I didn’t trust myself yet)

The angle part was similar to what I did for the clocks I made, except those didn’t have rabbets:

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 08:14 PM

You keep the bar set high Mos. Your mastery of hand tools is inspiring.

Thanks for the panel tutorial.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 08:18 PM

Thanks Tony, I look forward to the journey ahead :-)

For the panel, as can be seen better in the test piece, there is still a slight vertical between the rabbet and the angle, since I was using a standard bench plane, and not a rabbet plane. The edge of the plane wouldn’t allow the blade to get all the way down

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 10:07 PM

Very nice looking, thanks for all the pictures and explanations. Although I’m pretty sure it’s a bridle joint, and not a bridal joint. ;)

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 10:35 PM

oops! Fixed it lol thanks

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#8 posted 01-19-2013 05:54 AM

I like it Mos – slick!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#9 posted 01-19-2013 06:04 AM

Thanks CL

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