Plane and Saw Till

The plane till was finished March of 2015.   This process started back in November of 2014, with this blog post,

This was part of a 5 part plan that was to be finished with the new workbench, which was blogged here,

I was very busy with blogging all 33 days of the workbench build and never blogged about the build process for the plane till, saw till and plane shelves.

WBTDay33-30As I have said before I do not like tool cabinets, that must be opened to access tools.   I wanted my planes, saw, screwdrivers hammers and a few other tools on the tool wall, so I could just reach for them.


Build Information:

  • Russian Birch ply for the sides and top of the plane till.
  • Home Depot Sande Ply for construction pieces and saw till.
  • The cross member, saw rests, are Italian soft “pine” type material from  a packing crate.
  • Trim is cherry.
  • Finish is all General Finishes – Enduro Var

In designing the piece I was concerned with the depth of the piece to the wall.  Based on that I decided not to include the #8 plane.  As part of the design I evaluated the planes that I really used.   The result was a set of planes that did not include a Veritas #4, which I sold.   I also decided that all of the miscellaneous planes could live on a set of shelves designed to accommodate these planes plus a few future purchases.   The final design ended up about 9″ deep.   I also had to make sure it would fit the height of the wall, 4 ft.   Based on this requirement I dropped the bottom of the shelf unit below the bottom of the tool wall lower edge.

The build process included two new processes for me.   First I made a full size mock up to test the spacing and actual angle.  Second was a full size drawing.  Both of these concepts proved extremely valuable.  Several design mistakes were found and corrected before actual rework was required.

The entire build process is documented in the commentary on each picture.

Just click the first picture to view the album.





  1. ralph boumenot says

    I’m just the opposite on tool storage. I like boxes and being able to close doors to keep the dust out.

  2. Rick says

    Hi. This is a wonderful sequence of images. I am very interested in doing something similar and have been searching for plans or drawings before I start the process of doing it all myself. Any chance you might share your drawings or even dimensions/angles?


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