Hand Tool Cabinet, Case Almost Done

I got a little time in this afternoon on my tool cabinet.  I got the dividers in for the drawers and cut some separators for the plane cubbies and and got the plane till in.  It’s starting to look like something now.

Ramped Till and Drawer Dividers In Place

Ramped Till and Drawer Dividers In Place

With all of my “regular” planes put away I have a bit of room left over for a few more.

Plane Till Finished

Plane Till Finished

If I get a little time tomorrow I’ll put in the details for the saw till and start on the doors.  This isn’t the most beautifyl or elegant tool cabinet, but it should be plenty functional.  I’m eager to finish this so I can get back to my sconce project.

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6 thoughts on “Hand Tool Cabinet, Case Almost Done

  1. Hi Joe,
    nice collection of planes and I agree it’s good to have a little expansion room there.

  2. Lookin’ good. This is going to make getting your hands on your hand tool so nice and easy.

    So, it looks like you have #4 and up, right?? Do you have a # 6 and do you use it much?

    • I have a 3, 4, 4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 6, 7 and 8, plus a scrub plane a big scraper plane. The 3 and 4 1/2 both need to be restored – I haven’t used them yet. I use the 4, 6 and 8 the most, although I’ve never been 100% satisfied with the 4 as a smoother. It always seems to leave tracks, I can get a better finish with the 8 usually.

      I want to restore those two older planes, then go through and make sure all of my planes are set up properly. I suspect I’ll be doing less rough dimensioning by hand now, and use the plane primarily for more finesse operations so that will probably affect what gets used the most.

      • If you don’t have it already, Schwarz’s Plane Restoration DVD is the best.

      • I haven’t seen Chris’ version, I’ll have to check it out. I have Rob Cosman’s, it was pretty good too. I already have one of those cool IBC blade/chip breaker setups for the 4 1/2, so I think that will be a pretty nice plane once it’s re-done.

      • Rob’s is good, but Chris’ is great. I’m curious to see how the IBC blade works for you. I have a #6 & #7 with one of those. The #7 works great, but I’ve been having trouble with lever cap level staying down on the #6 and the blade, even after regrinding starts making ridges pretty quickly after sharpening.

        The ridges are probably my fault but lever cap lever is, I think, because of blade thickness. I’m toying with the idea of replacing it with a PM11 that might fall into my pocket at Handworks. 😉

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