05 May 2012
Temporary Handplane Cupboard
I had a choice. Either keep my handplanes in my existing steel cabinet where they were hard to reach, and kept bumping into the steel top and each other every time I took them out. Or wait a few years before I had the necessary skills to make a proper hand-tool storage cupboard. The third option was a plywood open box assembled with rebates and glue. The shelves rest on cleats which were screwed into the sides. I may or may not put a door later. If I put a face frame, it will only be for the practice. It took half a day to assemble, my planes are not touching each other and easy & quickly accessible, so as to allow me to get onto the real thing-making furniture. I must say it does look ugly, so I do prescribe to the aesthetic thing when it comes to some tools as well as tool storage. But I do have instant gratification with this cupboard. I suppose finding that balance will always be necessary.
In terms of classification, I put the two jointers on top as they are too long to fit into the space. next come the block and shoulder planes. then the fore planes-scrub, fore and #5. Then all the smoothers and scraping planes. Finally the plough and rebate planes are at the bottom. I have used up 60% of the cupboard so I may put a drawer and a lower compartment for storage later.