I’ve been following through on my thoughts from the other night and started building a replacement for my old plane till. I did some research and saw that most people either sloped the till or used string to hold the planes in place, but the former takes up too much space that I don’t have available, and the later worries me – what if I bump the case and something falls out?
I was standing in the garage staring around trying to figure out where I could put a new till and my eyes fell on the chisel cabinet. It’s been working well and I love the magnetic racks that hold the tools in place, so why not use that same design for the planes?
I decided that I’d better see if the concept worked first, so emptied the bottom rows of chisels and loaded up some planes, one at a time and making sure they weren’t going to fall out. Turns out that one bar is strong enough to firmly hold the largest plane I have, a #7.
I decided to build a shorter cabinet than the chisel rack, just a few inches longer than the #7. I made sure it could handle a #8 if I ever happen to end up with one, as the last till couldn’t fit the #7 in, so I’m trying to future proof this one a little.
I’d bought the wood for this project ages ago so just marked it up and cut it to length on the miter saw (the new stand worked really well).
I used my z-vice to hold everything square, or so I thought…
I soon found out that I’d not lined everything up and the box wouldn’t come together it was so out of square. So far out in fact that I got a tape measure out to check that I’d cut the side pieces the same length. I had, so it was the connections causing the problems.
This is the point where I got frustrated and took it all apart so I could start over. I’d already drilled screw holes and they weren’t square so instead I resorted to nails. Not my favorite thing to use, and I split the wood in a few places, but I was just happy to have it together and once the cross pieces were on it was nice and solid.
I put one of the magnetic rails in to see how it would fit, and it’s good. I just need to find another, as I only had one spare and can’t seem to get them any longer. If I have too I’ll take the bottom one out of the chisel rack for now.
Basically to finish it just needs a top rail and the second magnetic bar added, I’ll do that as soon as I can. After it’s finished and on the wall the extra bench planes will go on ebay.