Better Hand Plane Storage
by Patrick Harper - Blood, Sweat, and Sawdust
For the past year, my hand planes have sat on a little mobile cabinet near my work bench. Here, they collected fine dust from my electron powered machines. It wasn’t until after the weather started getting hot and humid again that I started to notice a few specs of rust here and there. It was nothing that I couldn’t easily remove, but it got me seriously reconsidering my hand plane storage.
The goal is to create a nice hanging tool cabinet with doors, but it all starts with a plane till. For now, the till will be hung on the wall using a french cleat. Later, I will fasten it to the inside of the tool cabinet. It only took about $25 and a few hours to finish. It won’t be a huge loss if I decide to redesign it for the finished tool cabinet.
The ramp angle is fairly steep to save depth. I will better secure the planes before mounting it to the wall. I’m having a hard time between trying magnets glued to the back to the till ramp, or cleats. Cleats are more secure, but less attractive. What do you think? Any options I haven’t considered?
I’ll detail the tool cabinet in a future series. Mike Pekovich’s hanging tool cabinet formed the inspiration for this project.
I haven’t finalized the details, but I’m thinking that I will build it out of cherry with mahogany door frames. Stay tuned.