Large Hand Plane Till

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 09-16-2013 05:59 PM 4220 views 46 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a till I made for some of my hand planes out of white oak and walnut. The no. 5s are on the lower shelf, the no. 6-8s are in the vertical till. I’ll be making another till for the smoothers and block planes.

Ramblings and pics concerning the build:

- The design is pretty straight-forward. I thought I’d spice it up a little putting through tenons on the shelves. My mortising machine wouldn’t reach the mortises, so I got some good practice hand chopping.

- But the quality stops there. The guts and the back are really a bunch of scraps and screws.

Well, the vertical till has some nice 1/2” oak ship-lapped. Notice in this pic that the middle slats are planed thinner creating a concaved surface. This is intentional so that that I can leave plane blades out without them digging into the till. The lower shelf with the jack planes was also planed with a recess prior to installation.

- It’s mounted to cinder block with french cleats and cement anchors. I tested the till with my body weight before I put any planes on it;)

I’m really happy with it so far. I know not everybody wants their tools in the open (rust and dust), but this works best for me. I wax my tools and wipe them down with wd40 often, so it should be fine.

It wasn’t until it was completely finished that it hit me…. I had just mounted some of my prized possessions next to the pipe in which our turds exit the house. (snicker) Ahhh…it’s a little funny.

Questions and comments welcome you knuckleheads, Red

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 06:02 PM

That is a nice looking rack, and a good collection of planes.
Functional and good looking too!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 06:06 PM

seems like there’s a few odd ball lie-nielsens in there… best get rid of those, as they don’t fit in (I have space, I’ll take one for the team ;) )

Looks great

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 06:07 PM

Nice work Red. I see many more tills in your future!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#4 posted 09-16-2013 06:08 PM

That’s all sorts of fine work, good job Mr. Rojo!

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#5 posted 09-16-2013 06:11 PM

Very very nice Red.

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 06:12 PM

Looks good Red! I’ve got some catching up to do I see ;-) Remember.. full extension wooden drawer slides… annnnd go!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#7 posted 09-16-2013 06:17 PM

Nice addition to your shop.

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

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#8 posted 09-16-2013 06:19 PM

My collection is up to a whopping 4 bench planes, but I’m already tired of hanging them on loops of string. Something like this sure looks nice.

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#9 posted 09-16-2013 06:34 PM

She is a beauty! Great work.

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

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#10 posted 09-16-2013 06:57 PM

Nicely done, Red. Making the surfaces a bit concave is really smart, I might have to steal that.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#11 posted 09-16-2013 06:59 PM

That is a really elegant design. Thanks for sharing this and the production process. It gave me a lot to chew on.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#12 posted 09-16-2013 07:15 PM

It’s mounted to cinder block with french cleats and cement anchors. I tested the till with my body weight before I put any planes on it;)

Did your knees hit the ground during the pull up? Im pretty sure I didn’t see 14’ ceilings in your shop.

Excellent till buddy. I would expect no less from the big red machine.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#13 posted 09-16-2013 07:20 PM

What a lovely till.
It is not only a joy for the eye, it is fine craft for beautiful tools and the tools are just where we want it.
Thank you for the smile I have now.
Best thoughts,

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

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#14 posted 09-16-2013 07:33 PM

That is a sweet till.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#15 posted 09-16-2013 07:36 PM

and I’ll bet the LN catalog is not far from the end of that pipe.

It all looks great.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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