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Blog entry by Don W posted 11-09-2011 12:49 AM 6451 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some time over the week end to start working on my new cabinets for my hand tools. I like seeing my restorations, but I’m tired of having to wipe the dust off every time I pick one up. It was time to cover them up.

The cabinets still have some work to finish, but here is what I have so far. I think you can get a sense for where I am going with it. I flipped between a tool chest and a wall cabinet for some time. I’d like to build a chest, but just didn’t see it fitting into m y shop.

Two criteria, first it had to get the molding planes I purchased off my bench, and I wanted to be able to store my bench planes with a little room for expansion.

Here is what I have so far.

I will try to get to a hardware store tomorrow to pick up the hinges I need. The door on the big cabinet will need to have hinges solid enough to hold almost a complete set of Stanley benches from 2 – 8 including fractions.

I also want to add a shelf or two to the smaller cabinet, but they will need to be movable. I will probably just pick up a set of metal rails.

I used native pine from some limber I cut myself. The door panels is simple 1/4” luan. Finsih is/will be BLO.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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David Grimes

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 12:59 AM

Good GOD !!! THAT’s where all the planes are hiding ! ;=)

Really nice, Don. I know you’re going to love having them organized and having their own space. Great job. I love me some storage, too. :=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 01:09 AM

You can’t beat a bit of storage Don. I have bit and pieces everywhere at the moment and its really doing my head in. I can’t find anything. Glad you’re getting organized.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 01:20 AM

Looks like it’s going to be pretty sweet, Don. Does this mean you’re going to get rid of your hanging mechanism? I’ve been working on my own plane till at the moment as well, but still trying to figure out how I want to arrange them. At least I don’t have the problem as having all your molding planes. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 01:24 AM

The hanging mechanism needs to stay. It currently holds my transitionals, wood bodies, and a few other odds and ends that will not fit into the new cabinets. Thats another thought process. I never did really figure out what OI wanted. I just started building.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 11-09-2011 02:03 AM

Nice job, Don! Makes me want to get to the shop and continue with mine.

Amazing collection!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 11-09-2011 02:23 AM

Nice home for all those goodies you’ve been finding!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-09-2011 04:19 AM

A cabinet worthy of all those fine planes.

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#8 posted 11-09-2011 04:59 AM

Good start Don, how deep are the shelves? Keep up the good work.

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#9 posted 11-09-2011 05:05 AM

I still can’t get past the fact that you had free time! Great weekend build.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#10 posted 11-09-2011 02:30 PM

Great minds must think alike. I just spent the week-end doing the same thing, making cabinets for my planes, hand saws. and a rack to organize my bar clamps. (LONG OVER DUE) I was GIVEN kitchen cabinets from an older house, lots of 1×12 pine, cabinet doors, hinges.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#11 posted 11-09-2011 02:58 PM

awesome collection Don. I can see your need for a dedicated cabinet…one shelf above the bench won’t quite be enough….

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#12 posted 11-09-2011 05:43 PM

Looking like a wonderful cabinet with plenty of room for the plane family to grow.
Way to go.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 11-10-2011 12:18 AM

Well, I got just a little further today.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 11-10-2011 04:42 AM

Don that looks great. Nothing better then keeping them indoors out of the dust.


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#15 posted 11-11-2011 02:21 PM

So cool now that all the planes are in place.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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