Case for Planes

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 05-21-2011 07:31 PM 2331 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing fancy – just shop furniture – but I thought someone might find the idea useful to modify for their own needs.

Since I don’t have the greatest dust collection setup in the world, everything in my shop tends to get funky pretty quickly. I built this out of scraps I had laying around (and a purchased piece of plexiglass) to keep my collection of hand plane restorations nice and clean. The slanted piece of plywood the planes are resting on is hinged at the top, and can be lifted to reveal a storage area for spare parts, blades, etc. (see finger hole in last photo).

The first four planes from the left are a #7, #6, #5, and #4, all dating from the 20’s to the 40’s. In theory, the next two spaces will one day be occupied by the elusive and expensive #2 and #1. Currently they are home to an old block plane, and a 1950’s era Craftsman my dad gave me from his shop.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 08:03 PM

Looks very practical and a nice way to show off your restoration work. Thanks

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 08:35 PM

I plainly see what you have done here.
Nice work, Charlie.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 09:12 PM

A IPS sale again this week. Looks like they are going to have even more planes. I again will keep an eye out for a #2 and #6. Either way I will be bidtng on a box or two of planes and what ever else.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 09:19 PM

I’ve got something similar in mind but I went a little more extensive on my collection. I picked up all the 1/4 and 1/2 sizes (except 51/4) still need the 7, 1,& 2 though. Mine will have shelves and I want to practice my cabinet doors but will likewise use a plexi window to show them off. Nice work, I like the slanted/hinged shelf for storage in the back.

-- Brian

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 09:23 PM

great cabinet charlie

those planes keep
like rabbits i hear
best to keep them enclosed
and not laying around

i keep my one block plane
in my job site tool box

but i think it is making eyes
at the

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 09:28 PM

If your sold on getting a #1. Lie-Nielson is a good option… It would be cheaper than buying a Stanley. I think a #2 would be pretty much the same in cost if you went Stanley or LN. My LN #1 was a fathers day gift a few years back.

Father's day present

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 05-21-2011 09:43 PM

Thanks, guys.

Wayne, it’s not like I really NEED the 1 and 2 (lol). I just WANT them for the set. That one in the photo IS mighty pretty though. Hmmm…..

David: What happens if a plane mates with a chisel? I’ll bet the kids are really sharp!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 05-21-2011 10:23 PM

You have more hand planes than A1Jim has routers.. good on ya…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 05-21-2011 10:32 PM

if mom is a good looking chisel

my guess is they would be

sharp chips off
the old block

but if they are only like dad
they may be

with a few chips in them

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 05-21-2011 10:38 PM

well if you want a full set you deffently need more room in that box … :-)or at least for no. 8 tooo
...........have you thought of how many different planes Stanley made …. LOL

nice truck outside :-)

thankĀ“s for sharing Charlie


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#11 posted 05-21-2011 11:20 PM

Dennis, I made the case small on purpose, so I would not be tempted to collect ALL of them.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 05-21-2011 11:59 PM

Hi Charlie,

I don’t get it… how come the block plane isn’t on the end…you have everything in order by size, and then? I realize you plan on replacing those two, but in the mean time?

Actually, great job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 05-22-2011 12:10 AM

Really nice. I’m still debating on a display “style”. I need growth potential. To many plane, not enough time!

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

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#14 posted 05-22-2011 01:11 AM

Charlie, you did a fine job. Nice collection of hand planes you got.

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#15 posted 05-22-2011 01:19 AM

Nice cabinet with very GREATgear! You have a tremendous collection and I hope that you can find the #1 and #2….. Good luck completeing your set…

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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