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SYP Spilt-Top Roubo Workbench #6: Plane Cabinet

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Blog entry by grfrazee posted 275 days ago 1246 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After getting tired of cleaning sawdust out of the nooks and crannies of my planes, I decided to build a little cabinet for them. It’s just a basic scrap plywood box with plywood drawers. I got a couple pairs of 100# full-extension drawer slides off Amazon for the drawers.

I’m not the greatest at building carcasses (i.e., making them square), so I had to do some trial and error getting the fit right.

For the drawer backs I just screwed on a couple pieces of scrap OSB.

I had to put a spacer on the middle of the panel so that the screws for the middle slides didn’t hit each other. I suppose I could have offset the slides vertically, but that didn’t jive with my OCD.

Next was fitting the drawer fronts for each drawer. These are pre-finished oak plywood my dad had left over from the bookcases he built my mom.

For the drawer pulls, I went with trapdoor pulls from Home Depot. I got these because they are flush-mounted and I didn’t want them interfering with the sliding deadman.

These were easy enough to fit out with a forstner bit and a chisel.

The drawer fronts are just screwed on. In fact, the whole thing is just screwed together with a few dadoes in the necessary places (drawer bottoms and the vertical partitions of the carcase).

And here’s the finished product. Now my planes have a home!

The drawers are different sizes. The one on the right is about 25” wide to accommodate the No. 8 (which is 24” long).

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-



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Don W

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#1 posted 275 days ago

well done. I just hope you never fall in love with a 26” jointer!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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lysdexic

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#2 posted 268 days ago

Very functional and utilitarian. Now, no more dust to cover the dust on those planes. :^)

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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grfrazee

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#3 posted 268 days ago

Thanks guys.

@Don – I suppose if that happens, I’ll have to build a wall till. Oh, darn…guess I’ll have to fill that with tools too…

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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