Plane Till – New shop project starts

So I am in the process of doing a series of projects in the shop.   A new home for my planes and saws is the next step.

The steps are

  1. New set of shelves to clear space for the next three steps.
  2. New home for my chisels and other tools from the tool wall
  3. With the chisels and other tools moved from the tool wall,  a new chisel and saw till will give these tools a great new home.
  4. Finally a new work bench will be started.

So this is about the start of the detail design for the new Plane till.

I am working out the details in a few steps.

  • First  a full size layout of the planes.   This is done on my work bench using a large piece of paper and actual wood peices to get the spacing correct.
  • Second I am going to do some full size mockups to get the angle and size worked out.  From this I will do drawings to scale on graph paper.  I enjoy doing the drawings with pencil and paper.   I spend too much time on my computer so SketchUp is not exciting to me.
  • Third will be the actual construction of the actual tills and some small shelving under them on the tool wall.

Here are a few pictures of the start of the process.

Using my workbench as a full size drawing board.


Laying out planes.  I cut 3/8″ spacers to help me decide on adequate spacing and how much slack should be between the dividers.


Then I measured each of the planes and added everything up.  I am up to about 24″.





  1. says

    Nice to have new projects coming into your life.
    And thanks for the photo of your planes. Should my wife mention that I might have too many planes I can just show her your block plane collection. “At least I’m not as bad as this Bartee fellow.”
    Will you be allowing space for any new acquisitions that might follow you home?
    That always seemed like the shortcoming of fitted cases/cabinets.
    Long time ago I have a nice little case to hold a chisel collection and the smaller marking devices. Looked good. Functioned for a year before those chisels were replaced in my work flow. That box could be put to some other use, but the nifty fixed dividers limit its general use without some major effort.

    • Bartee says

      I really do believe I have the set of planes for the remainder of my life. I retired at 66 1/1/14. So I have zero income, which really does make a difference in you purchase plans. I actually just sold two planes, a Veritas #4 and a LN #2 Bronze. I simply decided I had what I needed and would never miss those planes.

      So You are correct, I will probably find I need another plane, but I have a LOT of things to build before I get to that point.

      I am really, really looking forward to getting the shop settled, ( plane/saw till, then new workbench ) so I can make some furniture.

      The other problem is that room !!! I have been working on that for 3+ years. It is very close to being done. My wife is picking colors this weekend. So I will start painting and get it finished.

      I will be blogging more than anything else. I still enjoy the work/photography/web process.

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