A Plain Plane Till

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Project by nobuckle posted 06-12-2012 03:56 PM 2173 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone.

Well, I was finally able to get around to making a fairly plain plane till. When I first started I thought that I would just “throw something together”, you know, something simple. Yeah, right! It took me almost a week and half to build this thing. I suppose that’s because it was a design as you go kinda’ thing. I took some time to look at some tills that are posted here and other places, so I had a basic idea of what I wanted. Other than that everything else was thought up on the fly.

The material is mostly pine, except for the sides, I don’t know what type of wood it is. The material was wickedly twisted so it took a bit of work to make it useable. I was able to yield material that was 9/16” thick which was fine for a project like this. The moulding was a first for me. I shaped it with my scratch-stock. I made a short video as part of another blog post that shows how I used the scratch-stock to create the profile. It took a while to do but it was a great learning experience.

The joinery is very simple. What I focused on was creating joints that were as precise I could make them. In the end I was pleased with the way they turned out. There’s only a small part of one of the mitered coners of the moulding that I can fit a single piece of paper into (it’s about a .004” gap).

The finish is a single coat of polyurethane. I maight add some more coats, I don’t know.

So, it seems that I am unable to just “throw something together”. I obsess over stuff to much.

I look forward to your comments and questions. Take care.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 04:42 PM

Works great!

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 05:11 PM

Very Nice!

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 06:00 PM

well you are very good at throwing something together
i would have a guess at the wood on the sides it looks like cherry

take care,rob


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#5 posted 06-12-2012 09:50 PM

Nice plane till.

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#6 posted 06-12-2012 11:44 PM

Looks really nice! Also some very nice planes!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#7 posted 06-12-2012 11:51 PM

It works nicely to hold those super nice planes

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 06-13-2012 12:42 AM

great till, like the wooden joiner!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#9 posted 06-13-2012 02:34 AM

Nice looking and practical too. Like this project of yours, some of my best projects were “design as you go”. That isn’t always a bad way to go. Anyway, the till looks great. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#10 posted 06-19-2012 03:33 PM

Really nice and elegant.
Simple can be a lot.
Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 12-03-2013 10:16 PM

Great project puts your tools at your ready when you are. The reused medicine bottle ;) I like the idea. For the past year I’ve saved a few to use as router bit holders/protectors. Nice to see someone else using that item.

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