|Project by mileskimball||posted 05-31-2015 08:15 PM||921 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
My Stanley 45 combination plane has been living in the bottom of a drawer for 20 years, and I finally decided to build it a more permanent home.
The plane components mount on two oak posts mounted perpendicular to the bottom. (The steel rods on which the skates and fence typically ride are mounted separately.) The top of the oak posts extend into depressions in the lid when it’s closed. I also added a caddy for my cutters (an incomplete set, but all I’ve ever needed.
The 45 is a bit of a pain to set up for anything complex, but for a quick dado or rabbet, it can’t be beat. I also have wooden molding planes, and they work as well or better. But it’s annoying to have to design the work around a non-adjustable tool. And adjustabillity is just what the 45 is about.
I often make boxes like this to hold tools, particularly if they have accessories I’m concerned about losing. Essentially, it’s just 1/2” ply with finger jointed corners, a glued-on bottom and lid (which I then separate from the box on the table saw), hinges, a handle, and a latch. Fun to customize.