|Project by Wav||posted 03-06-2016 10:34 PM||832 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
We all know that laying a Plane on it’s side can knock it out of alignment and sitting it flat on a workbench can cause damage to the Iron especially if the surface is dirty or may have metal screws or other objects present. One solution to prevent damage while using or storing your planes is to make a tray for it to rest in. I don’t have a large shop and I really don’t use my planes that often; but, when I do I’d rather them to be ready when needed and protected when they are stored.
Using some scraps of Maple and Alder, I made a simple Tray or Sled for them to rest in while being stored or waiting for me to adjust my work piece. The bottom is a scrap piece of a maple panel I made. The actual holder assembly is from some scrap alder that was sitting in the scrap pile. The project was fairly simple and only took a couple of hours to complete, from start to finish. I took my #4 and #5 Planes and traced their outlines and cut the pieces using a scroll saw. I glued and screwed the pieces to the maple blank and once the glue was dried, I had a tray to safely and neatly store in.
I know it is a simple project. But I’m sure it will prove itself worth the trouble. No more banged up Irons, a reduction in having to hone or sharpen the iron or re-aligning the Iron from being knocked askew from lying the plane on it’s side.
-- Maddog Creations