Plane Rack – P1

In addition to working on the Rocking Dinosaur, last weekend I also made a lot of progress on garage/shop organization and cleanup. One thing that is particularly lacking is hand tool storage and currently my planes are sitting on flimsy card table covered with an old sheet. While we were at the hardware store on Sunday picking up supplies for the closet build out, I notices some inexpensive 18”x48” glued up pine panels which immediately made me think “plane rack” so I grabbed three and added them to the pile.

After putting the last coat of polyurethane on Dino’s rockers, I laid out the panels in the driveway and used my Stanley #8 plane to figure out the best layout. I decided to keep two of the panels whole and add a cross piece in the middle to split the space in two. The bottom will have open shelves and the top would have a sloping rack that would allow easy access to the planes.

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I set up my saw bench in the driveway and split the least attractive panel into two pieces with my hand saw (amazingly I am actually getting better at this, the cuts were fairly square) and compared them to ensure they were identical. I then used my Stanley #95 to adjust the size and square up the edge. I always think this is exactly what the #95 was made for, I rarely used it after table saw cuts but when you are using hand saws it makes your life so much easier.


I eventually intend to build Chris Schwarz’s Dutch Tool chest so I seceded to use pocket hole screws and no glue for the primary case work so I could easily re-purpose the wood in the future. This meant the case came together very quickly, other than needing to repair a split end.


I have left the top open to allow easy access to the sloped rack (the rough position of which is illustrated with the diagonal pencil line) and I plan to build a folding lid/front in order to keep out the dust. This is as far as I made it before I ran out of the correct size of screws.

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