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Case for Lie-Nielsen Planes

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Project by garrett posted 01-22-2009 09:40 AM 3995 views 7 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have several Lie-Nielsen planes and to store and showcase them, I built a carrying case. The case is made of hard maple and black walnut. (The walnut was part of a tree cut down in my neighborhood about 15 years ago). All dovetails were done by hand and the case front and back are frame and panel with hand cut mortise and tenons. A subpanel, with cutouts for the planes, along with velcro straps, holds the planes securely. The hinges are brass 2” pins. The same type of pins at the front act as locks to keep the lid in place. Each pin is drilled and 4-40 tapped and a “key” of the same brass rod was made with a 4-40 threaded end to pull the pins for access. Finish was 3 coats of Rockler polyurethane wipe-on gel with a coat of paste wax.





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93mwm

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#1 posted 01-22-2009 10:26 AM

how are the lie-nielsens? are they worth the extra expense?

-- mwm! Before you criticise walk a mile in their shoes, and when you do criticise you will be a mile away and have their shoes!

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gusthehonky

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#2 posted 01-22-2009 11:32 AM

Very cool, both the case and its contents.

-- Ciao, gth.

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Mike

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#3 posted 01-22-2009 12:25 PM

Better than a silly toolbox made of plastic.

Cool case.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#4 posted 01-22-2009 12:30 PM

what a great way to honor some great tools. Nice case!

-- making sawdust....

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woodworm

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#5 posted 01-22-2009 02:46 PM

Very nice case! Great job.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 01-22-2009 03:09 PM

a fitting case, for great Planes. Nice work, for sure, an heirloom piece.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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toyguy

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#7 posted 01-22-2009 03:10 PM

I really like this case. This choice of woods, nice joinery, nice laminate….... Almost too good for it’s intended use. :-) And welcome to the LumberJocks. I will be looking forward to your future project posts.

Very nice job ..

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 01-22-2009 03:11 PM

Fine work, indeed.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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woodbutcher

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#9 posted 01-22-2009 03:59 PM

garrett,
Did you use the planes to help tame the edges on that case during construction? The laminated handle really sets it off. Of course the maple and walnut contrasts do as well. I’m glad to see that some one else likes to incorporate the natural knots found in our woods into the actual project.That knot in the maple on the upper side of the case allows the natural beauty of the wood to be more appreciated. Great job!

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 01-22-2009 04:19 PM

Great case for your fine tools!

I wonder if I should make one for my $29 Stanley?

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

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Dennis_MGWW

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#11 posted 01-22-2009 04:35 PM

Very Nice… I love the way Maple and Walnut contrast with each other.

-- Dennis, http://www.maplegrovewoodworks.com/ http://twitter.com/#!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#12 posted 01-22-2009 04:49 PM

Very nice, and an entirely fitting tribute to its contents.

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#13 posted 01-22-2009 06:43 PM

Cool case, got to travel in style. :)

Woody.

-- Woody, UK

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isetegija

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#14 posted 01-22-2009 06:52 PM

This is magnificent work!
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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BarryW

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#15 posted 01-22-2009 07:17 PM

The question answers itself in the viewing of this incredible storage case…the answer is yes…or so at least one owner knows. There is more than appreciation for a quality tool here…there is real love. Always sharp, always faithful.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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