To put it mildly, disorganization is a bit of an issue in my shop. I have a 2.5 year old and a 6 month old, so my shop time is sporadic and often interrupted. Working in a 1-car garage, I can’t really afford to have clutter. Thus, I decided to build a cabinet for my growing collection of hand planes and tools. The cabinet will need to have a reasonably well-sealing door, since I have an unheated shop in a humid environment and rust can be a problem.
I started by making a list of all the tools I currently have that would go in the cabinet, as well as the tools on my ‘want’ list. Originally, my goal was to build a single cabinet for all of this but that’s looking less and less feasible. Thus, my plan has shifted to first making a hand plane till (perhaps with some room on the inside of the door for chisels and marking/measuring tools) and later a second cabinet for my saws, drilling tools, etc.
The current plan is to have a plywood carcass trimmed in hardwood. The top section of the cabinet will be a large inclined till for my bench planes. Below that will be an open shelf for my plow plane, rabbet plane, router planes, and side rabbet plane. And below that will be a small drawer for spare blades, camellia oil and rags, etc. Overall dimensions should be about 37” tall, 24” wide (roughly following the golden ratio) and about 10” deep (plus maybe another 2.5” for the door). It will be hung on the wall using a french cleat.
Tonight, I went out to the garage and began the physical layout of the planes that will go in the top angled till.
From left to right:
Lie-Nielsen Rabbet Block Plane
Woodriver Low-Angle and Standard Angle Block
Hock plane (work in progress) #4
Lie-Nielsen Large Shoulder Plane
Veritas Bevel-Up Smoother
Lie-Nielsen Low-Angle Jack
Veritas Bevel-Up Jointer
That should leave me a bit of room for future additions – particularly after the Hock plane gets trimmed down a bit (but at this point I think the only other plane I may get would be a scraper).
Next, I plan to cut the sheet goods down to size and begin the joinery.