Sunday, October 6, 2013

Plane Cabinet

When I did my workbench I enclosed a shelf for most utilized planes. The shelf became full rapidly and several planes had not a dedicate place. 
The solution was building a new cabinet for hand planes, a good way for keeping them in order and ready to use.
I used the frame and panel technique, with panels inserted in grooves cut in the frame inner edge. 

on the bottom are the long planes boxes
The loop screw engages a chain for keeping the mobile shelf

the cabinet is anchored to the wall for avoid its tipping
For a better use of available space, the long planes are held in vertical position in the back side of cabinet

The smaller planes are on a mobile shelf; this rotates, permitting the access to the back. 

Long planes are available after the shelf is tilted forward
The wood was mainly recycled Douglas, coming from old windows and some piece of silver fir. 

By utilizing recycled wood, we'll have to accept some defects it will show, if we want to avoid of discarding too much wood.
In this case the wood was varnished and exposed to sun (windows) during some decades; this caused tone differences you can see mainly in lateral panels.However this is a shop cabinet and I think some defect is acceptable.

The building  details are shown in the video in the previous post.


  1. I like how you did the tilt out shelving. I thought they were pull out shelves at first.

    1. Thanks Ralph,
      It was an idea I had while was projecting the cabinet.....Only it have to be fixed to the wall: the wheight of planes when the shelves are tilted is considerable and the cabinet would fall forward.

  2. Hi Guiliano,

    I just discovered your Woodworking/DIY blog and it´s great. I´m also passionate about wood, so it´s good to see it in your hands! ;) I imageine your cabinet would also work great as a wine shelf, what do you think? (I made one quite similar to yours last summer)


    1. Hi Steven,
      So, we will name it "Wine Cabinet", good idea!! But Why would you use mobile shelves?
      What wood did you use for yours?

  3. I enjoy reading the many blogs and websites that share my passion for handcrafting wood into decorative and useful items. Building things from wood is has been a lifelong obsession and I always enjoy looking other peoples work.
    From: A Fellow Woodworker