Dovetailed Specialty Handplane Rack

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Project by ChuckM posted 10-17-2013 10:41 PM 2843 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I built my tool chest ( ), a wise friend of mine, Bob, warned me that the chest would be outgrown one day. He was, of course, right and that day came much sooner than I expected (if you want to avoid my “mistake”, don’t go down the hand tool slope!).

So, I had to build a rack to store my planes that wouldn’t fit into the wall-mounted tool chest: joinery planes (plow and skew rabbet), moulding planes, router planes, AND a wooden plane that Bob gave me as a gift (he was partly to blame for the need for a new plane rack :-) ).

Lumber: Mahogany
Finish: BLO and paste wax

The last second pic shows the spot before it was taken up by the plane rack.

My go to planes are the LAJ and the LA smooth; the LAJ is in the tool chest and the LAS is placed on the top of the rack for quick access. There is a still a spot above the plow for a small tool, probably the small router plane or the LA spokeshave.

This new rack should solve my storage problem for a little while, I hope.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 10-17-2013 11:00 PM

Looking good, and yes the cabinets have a tendency to outgrow…
Wonder why.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 10-18-2013 02:40 AM

Nice job, and any cabinet seems to shrink with time.

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

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#3 posted 10-18-2013 04:15 AM

Very Nice Work/Project Indeed!! Thanks For Posting!

-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 10-18-2013 05:32 AM

Very nice cabinet You’ve already filled it up, so what’s next? I really like your dovetail work and pics that’s a GREAT cabinet. Any thoughts to requiring an enclosure or door to keep saw dust out. I seem to have a problem with dust on everything in my shop; although I vacuum and blow it out regularly.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 10-18-2013 05:42 AM

Thanks to all for the remarks.

Handtooler -

I did think about the dust and the design is open to adding a cover or door at a later stage. However, a door would be inconvenient if I have a project placed on the bench blocking the door and I try to get to one of the tools there. I will see how things work out before deciding if a door is to be added to it.


-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#6 posted 10-18-2013 06:10 AM

nice display. its amazing how fast hand tools multiply. When I was 19 all my tools fit inside a wooden box about 24”x8”x4” now i need an entire building with tools spilling out everywhere

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#7 posted 10-18-2013 08:01 AM

Tight joints. Cool.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#8 posted 10-18-2013 08:22 AM

Well done, they never seem to be big enough do they? Great joints…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 10-18-2013 12:20 PM

Nice work on the joints, well done.

-- Guy,PEI

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#10 posted 10-18-2013 07:28 PM

Nice plane till and really nice tools. I’m betting you will soon be wishing you had made it bigger. I love that wooden router

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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