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09-01-2011 05:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: handplane storage storage case plane cabinet question

I have been finding flaws with every plan I have drawn up or seen in magazines for handplane storage.

I would like to have them sitting at about 40 degrees (or 50 if you look at it the other way) so they are easy to see, grab and display as well. I have a fairly large area I could make into a case/cabinet/shelf unit, but can’t seem to be happy with it yet. Still looking for the AHA! moment…

I don’t think I am one of those guys that has to have it perfect, but I would spend a fair amount of time and money (lumber) to make it right, and if I don’t ask, I may miss a great idea. Thanks!

Anyone care to share photos or ideas of their displays or storage?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."


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#1 posted 09-01-2011 08:59 AM

That is a project that I am waiting to do. The inspiration has not appeared to me yet.

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 02:39 PM

Right now, I really dont have good storage for my hand planes.

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 03:17 PM

Are you thinking something like this? Or is the design going to be within a cabinet.

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

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 03:38 PM

When I made mine, I tried to make the angle horizontal enough to keep them from tipping ut, but vertical enough to keep the case from becoming too deep. I’m happy with the design…. I just wish I had made it larger now that the bug has bitten me. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 04:20 PM

I haven’t seen that Aha moment either. For now its like this.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 04:25 PM

I really like the LN shelf on the wall above and have been thinking about something like that but there are a number of drawbacks that I do not like. First, my shop is in my garage in a surburban area, I am not sure I would like all of the tools visable. Second, I really want to keep the dust of the tools, which says the storage environment should be able to be closed and finally It not all that efficient from a storage perspective. I would like design some extra storage space into the dead areas for storing spare blades, etc.

What I do is the way you can see everything and gain access to it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 04:38 PM

This is good, I need to expand my wall cabinet because it is too small – new chisels, more saws, more planes, etc…

So I am getting ideas as well.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 04:57 PM

Was there ever a historical design for storing them? My collection is at the point I should consider building something as well but still small enough that there is lots of room for expansion and I don’t want to make something that will be too small in the future.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 05:15 PM

I do like the LN display, a little steeper than I had thought would work, but it would save more space.

It is similar to what I have my shoulder planes on now, and they somehow took over from the chisels which used to be there.

Also have to agree with Wayne, I would like the planes to be dust free as I still use power tools on occasion… :) but I cannot figure out a way to have an efficient door system. Without building a whole new cabinet, I can’t have doors like David and Charlie show in their cases. Don’t know if I can use those upper cabinet doors systems that disappear inside the top of the cabinet…

I have a fair bit of space to build mine, but I don’t like too many empty shelves or the thought of building too small either…maybe I can’t be helped.

I will sketch up what I am thinking and of where I am building mine, maybe that will help?

Thanks for the photos and suggestions so far, at this point everyone has a better storage system than I do!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#10 posted 09-02-2011 02:47 AM

I don’t.

That’s not even all my planes any more. I have them tucked all over. A Toolchest is SO going to have to happen next year.

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

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 03:42 AM

This is the area I was considering converting into handplane storage. I tried to draw straight lines with the editing program, but not skilled that way.

Perhaps some drawers on the bottom to make use of the depth, maybe even a door on each side as the cabinet is about 80” long, and probably store the planes similar to the cabinet Charlie shows, but w/o the doors. I just can’t see how doors will work here.

As you can see now, it is primarily a “catch-all” and not used to its potential.

Any ideas other than get rid of it and start over?
Because this doesn’t work…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 09-02-2011 04:19 AM

You definitely need more shoulder planes, Randy. Go tell your wife, now!

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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#13 posted 09-02-2011 05:21 AM

Thanks Jay, she said go ahead… she is very understanding, and it helped that her father was a carpenter. She understood that he needed tools to do his job, and has never said much about my purchases.

But, I take good care of her too, and she has a great sewing and quilting machine that are twice what some of my big shop tools have cost, and the house is packed with fabric (as the barn is with hardwoods).

When my son moved out, we saved over $500.00 per month just on food (him and friends), so there’s an extra 6K to buy shoulder planes… :)

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#14 posted 09-02-2011 05:46 AM

Did you ever think of a rack that angles the shoulder planes? So you can see them on their sides sort of. I am thinking along the lines of a modified Japanese chisel rack.

Or donate some of the planes less fortunate souls like Al, Wayne and maybe if you feel the need…me. This is only so you can buy more without causing too much of a storage issue..rather selfless I think you’ll find.

Seriously the more I see of your collection the more I drool. Is that jointer an ECE? I own a few saws from them and they are wonderful.

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

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#15 posted 09-02-2011 06:00 AM

Lol. I got caught sneaking a Bedrock 606 in the house tonight… Got a dirty look, but no comment.

Thanks RG, I could use a couple more shoulder planes… : ^)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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