LV plane storage II & III

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 05-19-2015 07:48 PM 2041 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of months ago I built a plane till for my LV bench planes from salvaged timber. I had several joinery planes and associated tools to store so I made a couple more storage cabinets for them.

I am particularly pleased because, not only did I use scraps and hardware already in my shop, I also managed to squeeze the cabs into the small wall space I had left in the shop.

The first cab was made to house the joinery planes as seen in photo 3 in the main picture gallery. .simple enough stuff. It was an opportunity to resaw some more of the 6×2” beams into 3/4” stock for the cabinet case. Dovetail joinery at the corners with 1/2” plywood back boards which I cut and hung as a French cleat.
I always find fitting the joint for the first time a nerdy experience so the clamps ensure a little more rigidity at the half pins.

The screwdriver and block plane cab was again joined at the corners with dovetail, three tails this time for a little more integrity. The sapele is very easy to pare so I didn’t take chances and didn’t cut too close to the marking lines.

I have to admit I made more than my fair share of mistakes on this cab, most notably, cutting the rebate for the back panel on the wrong side of the board.

So I cut a fillet and glued it in, holding it in place with painters tape, after it dried and was planed it was a fairly good repair.

The small cubby hole tray for the block planes is cut from 9mm MDF Rather than have the dividers set square to the front I cut rebates for the dividers at an angle of 30 degrees otherwise the planes would have jutted out beyond the cabinet face too much as the cabinets are only a little over 5” deep.

I just about managed to ensure the back saw doo kits were wide enough to accommodate my saws yet not foul the doors when opened.

A couple of coats of dark oak stain and 3 coats of flooring poly give it a little protection.

While re sawing the boards I took my eye off the boil just as the board was exiting the blade and I cut too deeply into one of the boards which meant the finished planed board was around 14 mm thick, rather than take the board down to a half inch or so I just left the fault and made sure it would not be seen by using it as the top board

Making the individual tool holders took me as long as it did to build the main cab, what a fiddly and frustrating job that was but I am pleased the way it all turned out.



-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#1 posted 05-19-2015 07:58 PM

Great job of designing and expanding an already outstanding project! I’m particularly impressed with your storage solution for block planes since I’ve started collecting LN block planes to build bamboo fly rods—my newest hobby. Thanks for sharing your fine craftsmanship and very nice photographs.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 05-19-2015 08:00 PM

Wow David! That’s some workshop you have created there. What’s next?

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 05-19-2015 08:21 PM

Great add ons buddy. They look like they could have been part of the original design.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Todd Swartwood

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#4 posted 05-19-2015 10:15 PM

Looks really nice David,
I always love adding storage solutions in my shop.
Have a blessed evening and have some fun making dust, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#5 posted 05-19-2015 11:15 PM

Kuddo’s dubba….when you dust those show tools of yours off buddy, you do really fine work!!! A well thought out project sir. Well done.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 05-20-2015 01:15 AM

David. Nice job on the cabinets. Dovetails look good. Wish I had a collection of LV planes like yours.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#7 posted 05-20-2015 05:21 AM

A place for everything and everything in it’s place.

Great cabs and a nicely organized shop, great job David!

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#8 posted 05-20-2015 05:24 AM

Beautiful cabinets.

Also catching my eye was the toolbox stack that is very impressive looking.

Great work on all.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#9 posted 05-20-2015 06:57 AM

Thanks very much guys for the kind words. It’s always humbling when guys who have turned out great work take time out to comment.

Much appreciated.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#10 posted 05-20-2015 03:42 PM

Sweet cabinet.
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 05-20-2015 03:47 PM

And here I was, feeling good about my collection of LV planes! Great cabinet and beautiful collection as well !

-- Julien

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#12 posted 05-20-2015 10:43 PM

Wow what a corner of great work and tools…. I’m kinda jealous.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 05-21-2015 12:17 AM

Super awesome David! WowZa! You have been busy havin a whole bunch o fun I see. Carry on. Enjoy every minute.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 05-21-2015 06:01 AM

Nice work and nice tool collection!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 05-21-2015 07:33 AM

Thanks guys for taking the time to comment, very much appreciated.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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