Had the chicken before the egg conversation with myself again yesterday, and in a fit of frustration of not having enough storage and needing a way to neatly store my planes, I bit the bullet and got started on my hand plane til. It was supposed to be my first foray into hand tool joinery but no. I decided in the essence of time and my need for storage it would just be a quick job with glue and kreg screws and I could redo it down the line when I could finish off a new til for the base of my hand tool bench.
the start of my slippery slope…
The design overall is still the same – simple box made from 1/2” ply with a box/drawer for accessories/attachments at the bottom. I was trying to keep the weight down since I knew the planes would add a lot. So yesterday, I cut the box pieces out, and then decided to try my hand at biscuit joinery, which was a fail. reverted to 3/4” brads and some kreg screws. Lots of wood putty.
Originally I wanted this case to actually travel but I don’t think that would be wise of me with the 1/2” ply and all the weight seeing the actual size – not sure how I’d anchor a handle safely to balance all of that weight. I may think on it and change my mind. In the meantime, I believe I’m changing out the bottom box/drawer idea with two drawers – a five inch deep one on top, and a two inch deep one on the bottom since there are a lot of smaller blades and attachments that do not require a deep space. Also not sure if I just want to face it with some nice scrap hardwood and call it done, put a door/front on it, or possibly a stand of some kind so it could lean back on a nearby bench. All good thoughts, right?
-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.