Plane Shelf

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Project by RGtools posted 1269 days ago 2599 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple dadoes and rebates reinforced with screws allowed me to create this storage project rather quickly. The planes just hang by bootlaces. This wood was very old and a joy to mill flat and join by hand.

I gave some thought to shaping the bottoms of the sides to a curve but I ditched the idea, I have other places I need to expend the energy. Another area that I would change if I wanted to take the time would be to use dovetails and an Alan Peters joint but the way it stands I am very happy with the results.

Just a couple coats of mineral oil for the finish.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 1269 days ago

Always a useful plan, fill it with candies !!

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David LaBolle

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#2 posted 1269 days ago

Great project and a nice collection of planes!!!

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#3 posted 1269 days ago

I like the simplicity of the project and the wood selection is beautiful! and you have some very nice planes there. What are you using for the cording to hang the planes? From the pictures I would have to guess its some of that suede leather cord you can pick up almost anywhere. If it is I caution you that it may not be very durable in the long haul and you might want to consider something stout and durable, if you are sold on leather then I would go online and look for a product called “Latigo Lacing” it is stout and strong leather cording that will put up with the long haul. otherwise you might want to consider a woven shoelace or something similar.
Though I like this project I don’t think it would work for me, I consider myself to be too clumsy and I wouldn’t want to risk the chance of knocking one down, even that short fall to the bench, but that would be my problem…
again I like the idea, I’m looking to change the storage I have for my planes in the near future and you have given me some ideas to think about
thank you


-- Oldwolf -

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#4 posted 1269 days ago

I used fiber bootlaces, I initially thought I would use leather, but I decided against it for the reasons you mentioned. If you wanted to do a storage project like this with a little less stress, you could always take the time to have the planes rest on an angled back, the bottom of the shelf would have a cleat so any fall would be about 3 inches. I went simple, I will let you know if I need to make any modifications.

Thanks everyone for looking.

P.S. the self is done just in tie for you candy to show up Julio.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#5 posted 1265 days ago

Nice plane shelf.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 1228 days ago

Nice work there.
Some wonderful planes.
Best thoughts,

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

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