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Big Ben

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11-15-2012 06:11 PM

I am in the beginning phase of making a hand tool cabinet. I have most of it mapped out but should I store the the planes horizontal or vertical? My current plane till is vertical and I like ease to get to them but it does not seem as space efficient. Any thoughts, ideas or suggestions?

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#1 posted 11-15-2012 07:00 PM

Is your cabinet going to be stationary or mobile? If stationary, I’d say vertical is good. If mobile, I’d suggest horizontal, since they’d be less likely to fall over and damage something else or get damaged. Are you doing something like the Anarchist Tool Chest or a different design? There are several cool tool cabinet designs on Fine Woodworking. I think they’re fairly evenly split between vertical and horizontal.


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#2 posted 11-15-2012 07:28 PM

What planes are we talking about? If it is a big old #8 or something, the issues are different from a #3.

I would say lay the tools out on the workbench in the positions you are thinking about and see how it looks and feels. You might have the perfect place for that long one to go up next to some other bulky tool.

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#3 posted 11-15-2012 07:50 PM

It will be stationary and a version of something I saw on FWW.

I currently have the following have:

4 1/2
Block Plane – 5 of them
71 Router plane
Medium Shoulder Plane
Rabbet plane
45 Combo Plane
Scrub plane

and maybe a couple more

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#4 posted 11-15-2012 07:53 PM

I went with vertical in my project

I used rare earth magnets to help hold them in, along with the angle. Post a picture of your old one so we can see where you’re coming from.

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#5 posted 11-15-2012 08:22 PM

Here is my current plane till

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#6 posted 11-15-2012 08:37 PM

It looks like you have the right idea. You may even be able to use your current till as an insert into your cabinet.

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#7 posted 11-16-2012 12:53 AM

How about something like this?

Or this one?

I don’t know how much space you’re working with though.


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#8 posted 11-16-2012 01:16 AM

One suggestion for the vertical till, instead of using the screw down hold fasts for the bottom of your planes, the old timers used a thin leather strap, more like a shoelace and made a loop in it. one end fastened to the top of the space and the loop fit over the lever cap or iron to hold it in..makes it mush faster to take them out or put them in. I have far to many planes to try and make a cabinet to hold them and something else.. I realize I have to many planes, but such is life, to many of these and not enough of those..
whatever you decide, post pics so we can all enjoy it when done… keep making sawdust….Papa


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#9 posted 11-16-2012 05:24 PM

BB, It is tough to decide sometimes on tool cabinets cause when you see one you think is perfet then you find another that blows your socks off….. I find it easier to sometimes look at many as I can and make notes what I like about them from several of the ones that grab your eye and try to blend it all together. Keeping in mind any other tools your trying to add in the future to an extent. There are some beautiful tool cabinets that other LJ’s here have made that are just unbelieveable. Then build it and when your done you will probably think gosh I wish I would have done that or that but hey down the road build another. I myself would be interested in what you decide as I am sure everyone here will be as well….. Good Luck….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#10 posted 11-17-2012 01:16 AM

Gshepherd has spoken my piece. I am reluctant to customize storage space too much because change happens. I’ve gone modular as much as possible so my planes are horizontal on a simple platform in a case that closes for transport. The case is part of a tool stand (stack) next to my bench so all my tools are at arms length from the main working position of my bench. It’s been a challenge to keep the modules efficient enough that I can still lift them!
Good luck. Modular is good because you can change out pieces without destroying what works.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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