If the plane and it’s accessories aren’t to be clattering around, then I needed to add some internal fittings. There are all sorts of complicated solutions to be found on the net, and as lovely as some of them are, I don’t see the point in over-engineering the fittings. The plane and it’s accessories should be easy and quick to both store and retrieve. Additionally, there are some optional accessories that I would like to add at a future date, and keeping things simple should make any additions or alterations much easier.
Here you can see the main fitting. It really couldn’t be much simpler. One small batten, fixed at an angle to the horizontal, carries the beading stop, slitting cutter stop, depth gauge, and cam stop. It is attached to the side of the box with a little liquid hide glue on one end (cross grain situation), making it easy to remove in the future if necessary. Being angled to the horizontal, the beading stop and depth gauge, are well seated by gravity. The slitting cutter stop hangs on a wooden hook, whose size makes it almost impossible for the stop to jump off. The Cam stop hangs on a wooden dowel, slightly wider at it’s mid-point, which helps to prevent the stop from sliding off (a simple fitment that holds the plane’s knob, retains the cam stop once it is hanging down under gravity).
For storage, the plane is part assembled on the short arms, with the fence section upside down, with it’s knob removed. This anchors the bulky parts together, and limits the overall height required. The skid of the main stock sits against a batten glued to the bottom of the box, preventing rotation, whilst the base of the knob attachment on the fence section sits in a hole to prevent lateral movement. Another batten on the bottom, together with two small blocks, makes a safe home for the long arms. The knob, which I seldom require in the work i do, sits in a further block with a hole in the middle.
You can see that gravity plays an important role on keeping these accessories in place. You might think that would be a problem during transit, but some fairly vigorous swinging and shaking left everything exactly as it was. Also, the plane is restricted from lifting far enough to come free, due to the proximity of the sliding lid.
The one thing not held in place, yet, is the box of cutters. I plan to make a new cutter box to hold both the standard set, and the specials I hope to acquire over time. Once that is built, I shall devise a simple anchor.
I also hope to acquire the ‘special bottoms’ for hollows and rounds, and I’m fairly confident that these could also be housed on the box.
Here’s a look at the finished storage box. I’m very happy with it, and it will serve me well for years to come. I hope you enjoyed reading about it. I have also posted the project to YouTube, and you can view it here:
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