Hand Plane cabinet with a secret

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Project by Jim posted 08-19-2013 12:28 AM 2876 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a workshop that has a lot of windows including glass french doors and of course the big garage door. Sounds nice with lots of light BUT what I lack is wall space. I’ve been starting to get more into hand tools and have a small selection of Veritas hand planes. These have been laying on shelves and getting stuff dumped on them and knocked around. I needed a dedicated storage space for my planes but where? The only solution was one section of wall that I was not using because unfortunately it is where the power service panel for the entire house is located. What I came up with is a cabinet that holds the planes horizontally, and the lower section easily slides out exposing the service panel. The cabinet is made from birch and is really solid and heavy because the case is 1.5” thick. I wanted something really solid! The whole cabinet is mounted to the wall on a pair of french cleats so if it’s ever necessary to remove it, we can do that. I haven’t applied a finish, I was thinking of painting it but it’s just shop furniture.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 08-19-2013 12:37 AM

Slick idea, great build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 08-19-2013 03:35 AM

Great idea! Just hope no one needs to search for the box in a black out!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 08-19-2013 03:40 AM

We have a new form of technology to cover that, it’s called a flash light :-)

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#4 posted 08-19-2013 08:54 AM

Nice collection of planes. They should be safe now in your new cabinet.

-- Billp

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#5 posted 08-19-2013 01:53 PM

Very cool project and placement. Would have to find a new place for the recenetly placed complaint department magnet but love the idea of the hidden breaker. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#6 posted 08-19-2013 09:29 PM

jim, Had to do something simular so I could get to the water shutoff for the house…yours looks quite a bit better than mine…fine job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 08-20-2013 12:42 AM

Nice cabinet, but I would never hide a distro panel without blatantly obvious signage…

I drill my wife on three things to know when I’m not home:
- Master water feed
- Main breaker
- Furnace switch

You can always find the real problem later, once the electric, water, or smoke generator is off…

Knowing how to operate those three things is important to all who live in a home. On rare occasions, a fire fighter might want access to that panel, too…

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