Magnetic Plane Till

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Project by andrewr79 posted 02-20-2013 12:04 PM 2589 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been meaning to build a plane till for ages to replace my original one, which I outgrew quite quickly. I looked at an angled till, and using string to support the planes but in the end went with magnetic bars. They hold strongly but the planes can be removed easily for use still.

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 12:22 AM

Interesting case Andrew. It will be interesting to know if the magnetic bars will help deter rusting of the planes over time.

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 02:37 AM

I’m not sure I’ll be able to tell – I don’t generally get much rust anyway and they all have a good coating of beeswax anyway.

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 12:55 PM

Thanks for more inspiration, Andrew. I’m designing a plane till and have wondered about magnets. I hadn’t considered a strip magnet yet because I am unsure of their holding strength. There’s just too much money at risk to shortcut the magnet. Do you think these magnets will withstand movement shock? My till will be portable. How do you remove the plane? Do you twist it or just “rock” it out lifting the heel?

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 06:14 PM

Nice idea. I have ideas for an all-out till, but have several other projects in the queue ahead of it.

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#5 posted 02-22-2013 12:03 PM


I’m happy that you like it. The holding strength of these is well over what is needed – one strip securely holds the #7, the second is just for safety. I’ve shaken the cabinet and tried hitting the planes loose and the best I could do is make them slightly out of line. I’ve found that if I roll the plane sideways it lifts fine, where pulling it forward is near impossible.

I look forward to seeing the portable version!


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