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Project by Ken Dixon posted 539 days ago 1356 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been collecting the Veritas miniature hand planes as Lee Valley have been introducing them. I decided to make a display case to house them. Right now except for my Veritas low angle jack plain it houses all my hand planes.
The 17 3/4” X 6” X 20” case is Cherry and spalted maple featuring hand cut half blind dove tales on the drawers, half lapped mitered and pined corners on the door and rabbited and pined case sides. It is finished with hand rubbed oil, polly, mineral spirits mix then hand rubbed wax. It hangs on the wall of my shop from a French cleat.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#1 posted 539 days ago

That cabinet is beautiful and it’s just the right setting for those nice tools. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#2 posted 539 days ago

nice wood

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#3 posted 539 days ago

Looks like you did a great job and as David mentioned that is a beautiful back.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 539 days ago

Very nice display case

-- Custom furniture

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 539 days ago

Sweet piece. I’m a sucker for spalt.
BTW, have you used your mini-shoulder plane? I have the little router plane, and wondered if you thought it had any utility besides just looking very cool. Also I see you have the detail rabbet plane. What do you think of the .25 inch sole one head to head with the mini-shoulder plane?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 539 days ago

great cabinet.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 539 days ago

Nice attention to detail. I like the book-matching on the little drawers. The spalted maple is gorgeous !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 538 days ago

Did you use a real hand plane as a door handle? Attach it with a magnet? Or is it a plane shaped handle you found?
Beautiful case and nice collection of tools!

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#9 posted 538 days ago

Perfeect in every detail : )
Love the door “handle” !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Ken Dixon

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#10 posted 538 days ago

I’m a sucker for spalted as well.

Douglas; I have used all the mini plains to some extent, the mini shoulder plane works great I found it takes some practice. For some reason I find the detail rabbit planes the hardest ones to use. I think because of the small front sole. With some practice they to work well. My favourates are the mini block, edge and router planes, they work great.

The door handle Wdwerker is actually a pewter key chain with the ring taken off,104,53210&ap=2 . I made a shallow recess the shape of the sole then epoxied the plane in the recess.

-- Ken, Kanata Ont. Canada

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#11 posted 538 days ago

Great looking cabinet!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 538 days ago

Ken, thank you for the reply. I have been on the fence with my Christmas gift certificate. Mini-Shoulder it is!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 537 days ago

Those cool tools looked even better displayed in that great looking cabinet.

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