Hand Plane Cabinet

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Project by jayman7 posted 07-15-2011 06:25 AM 4309 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple little project that I made in a few nights since I used pocket screws for the main joinery. It was made from all scrap material. It was a quick and dirty project so I didn’t bother edge treating the plywood edges, and I didn’t even bother removing the sticker on plywood. I used a scrap piece of luan plywood because I wanted to see how it look finished. I used a rare earth magnet at the top of each plane to hold it in place. It feels pretty secure right now but I could always add another locking mechanism if I really want to. It is secured to the wall with a french cleat system and finished with a light coat of shellac. It was the first time I made a framed door and installed a piano hinge.

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#1 posted 07-15-2011 06:29 AM

Nice looking cabinet.

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#2 posted 07-15-2011 06:57 AM

It came out nice.
That pocket screw joinery can make a project go quick.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#3 posted 07-15-2011 07:06 AM

Looks nice. And most importantly, there’s room to add a couple more small planes!

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#4 posted 07-15-2011 08:41 AM

Looks great and the planes are readily accessible.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#5 posted 07-15-2011 03:29 PM

I like it. Save the fancy stuff for inside the house. Shop cabinets are for keeping you orgainzed while working on the real projects. I just made a big tool cabinet and it took me forever, halfway through I started using pocket screws and got faster. I dont think I’ll do edge banding again. I’ll either leve the plywood edges exposed or go solid wood, I think I’d rather use pine than plywood I have to edge band. It just adds to much time to the project.

You can pack a lot more into that cabinet. Add a chisel rack to the inside of the door!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 07-15-2011 03:34 PM

I’m with machoa on that. Tool storage is a functional thing. My only caution would be to make sure the back’s firmly attached to the cabinet. I recently saw a standard kitchen wall cabinet being used to store planes. The cabinet pulled loose from the back, dumping all the planes on the floor! Fortunately, the damage wasn’t TOO bad. Yours is a small cabinet, but plane weight can add up fast. Better to be safe than sorry.

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#7 posted 07-15-2011 04:06 PM

Good, it does what it is suppose to do – keep your planes safe. Nice going.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 07-15-2011 07:04 PM

Nice cabinet. I like the pocket hole joinery!! The magnets should be okay unless you live in California. then I’d box them individually!! Tee Hee
Mafe will be proud of that storage cabinet. It looks like you are on your way to becoming a rhykenologist,too…..........Jim

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#9 posted 07-16-2011 10:03 PM

Nice cabinet… Plenty of room for more planes!
How do you keep the planes from tipping out when you remove one?

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#10 posted 07-18-2011 02:45 AM

Nice Hand Plane Cabinet.

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