Handplane and chisel till/cabinet

  • Advertise with us
Project by Combo Prof posted 08-14-2016 08:10 PM 2690 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first major hand-tool project. A Cabinet/till storage for my user Stanley planes and Chisels. Mostly made from rough saw air dried ash. Some (crate) scavenged oak and ash. Drawers are faced with cherry and birch knobs. It features (my first) hand cut dove tails and (my first) hand cut dadoes. Two of the shelves were made from hand jointed scavenge Oak and ash. Best part is now I have drawers for my Chisels. Measures 29” wide, 34” high and 8.5” deep.

  1. First view of completed shelving
  2. Second view
  3. Fuzzy picture of whats in the drawers.
  4. My first dovetail joint (with chamfered edge).
  5. Bottom shelf, besides being in a dado, is wedge pinned. (Red heart wedges).

Here are a few progress photos:

(A) Paul Sellers method of cutting Dovetails:

(B) Waste between tails chopped away:

(C) Dadoes cut:

(D) Jointing up shelves:

(F) Vertical till failure. I tried to work out a vertical till, but in the end I decided because is so narrow that it would put my planes at a dangerous risk of falling. And I don’t really like the looks of vertical tills anyway.

I may add cabinet doors on later and I will add grip-shelf liner when I get some. Finished so far with one application of with blo and mineral spirits. I’ll add more coats later. Then maybe tru-oil on the drawer fronts.

Thanks for looking. Comments welcomed.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

23 comments so far

View TheFridge's profile


10814 posts in 1719 days

#1 posted 08-14-2016 09:11 PM

Good stuff. Now you need another for more tools :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

View waho6o9's profile


8539 posts in 2810 days

#2 posted 08-14-2016 09:28 PM

Excellent work Don!

View Andre's profile


2346 posts in 2039 days

#3 posted 08-14-2016 10:29 PM

Nice job, good start on the plane collection! Going to need the doors for more tool space!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

View putty's profile


1236 posts in 1840 days

#4 posted 08-14-2016 11:09 PM

Good job Don, don’t have to worry about those planes falling out vs a vertical rack!

-- Putty

View CL810's profile


3886 posts in 3221 days

#5 posted 08-14-2016 11:12 PM

Very nice Don and great tool collection – better make some more cabinets!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

View Combo Prof's profile

Combo Prof

3738 posts in 1511 days

#6 posted 08-15-2016 01:22 AM

Thanks all.

Yes I too see more cabinets in my future, but I think I may make them out of an easier wood, like pine. My arm still hurts from the chiseling (or maybe its arthritis ). Perhaps an entire 16 foot row of of different width but same height cabinets. Yes I like that. There is a small hanging shelf you can’t see that houses my Miller Falls and Sargent collection. That shelf was found for cheap in a resale store and I just put a cleat on it and hung it up. I need to start boxes for the 5 combination planes I have and a cabinet to put them in.

Andrea I have so many planes now I have a surplus.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

View HokieKen's profile


7475 posts in 1372 days

#7 posted 08-15-2016 02:03 PM

Excellent work Don! Those dovetails are nice and the contrasting drawer fronts really works well. Bravo on going all hand tool on this cabinet too!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

View terryR's profile


7462 posts in 2542 days

#8 posted 08-15-2016 02:49 PM

Great looking work, Don.

For some reason, I don’t like the look of vertical tills with planes? I guess it’s too dangerous looking? I like the layout of this till much better!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

View Combo Prof's profile

Combo Prof

3738 posts in 1511 days

#9 posted 08-15-2016 03:30 PM

Thanks Kenny. But not all hand-tools… I did use a lunch box thickness planer after hand planing out the wind. I also copped out on the drawers, which were made with some free 3/8” cabinet plywood. I used a table saw to cut half-blind lap joints to join the drawer sides. They were faced with the 3/8” cherry chamfered with a Stanley 60 . But otherwise you are correct.

Thanks Terry I really like the look too. The draws are particularly nice to have. And I will make a few more of this type of cabinet.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

View Don W's profile

Don W

19034 posts in 2801 days

#10 posted 08-15-2016 04:38 PM

Nice work Don. I had a door on the till I keep my users in and I took it off. Its great for keeping dust off, but I kept leaving it open and running into it. I also found I was less likely to set them back in the cabinet unless I knew I was completely finished with them.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile


15785 posts in 2852 days

#11 posted 08-15-2016 06:12 PM

Nice work, Don! And, love those drawers too.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

View helluvawreck's profile


32086 posts in 3100 days

#12 posted 08-15-2016 07:52 PM

It’s a nice cabinet and will be a great organizer for your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View theoldfart's profile


10252 posts in 2684 days

#13 posted 08-15-2016 08:04 PM

Don, I like your drawers as well! ( that doesn’t sound right). Good looking cabinet anyway. How soon before you’ll need to build a second? ;-)

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

View Combo Prof's profile

Combo Prof

3738 posts in 1511 days

#14 posted 08-15-2016 08:18 PM

Thanks Don, Smitty, Charles and Kevin.

Don W. For the reasons you say I don’t want to put door on it. But I’d like a door to keep the dust off the planes.
I’m conflicted.

Kevin Next one? It all depends on what chores my wife has in store for me. I think I’m supposed to build a kitchen table next. Also, university classes begin soon.

I did visit a Finish wood craver today, who carved for us a cedar bird and let me play with his new spring pole lathe. He is going to sell me some nice wide 4/4 pine lumber at $0.75 a board foot. I may get a half boards and have them kiln dried to make the next cabinet. Thus I will see what pine is like to work with. (I’m guessing its white pine.)

He also has some soft maple and maybe some poplar so I may change my mind.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

View ShaneA's profile


7063 posts in 2832 days

#15 posted 08-15-2016 08:20 PM

Looks good Don.

showing 1 through 15 of 23 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics