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Tips for Your Shop
Hand Plane Storage Rack
Storing hand planes has always been a challenge in my shop. Since most planes are long, they don't fit well on a shelf. And when stored in a drawer they're not always easy to reach when I need one.
To keep my planes organized and accessible, I built the simple storage rack you see in the photo. It hangs on the wall so it's out of the way. And the planes are in sight and easy to find when needed.
The rack is simply a hardwood I frame that's fitted
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with a V4" hardboard back. The back fits into rabbets cut in the back of the frame and is used to mount the rack to the wall.
A couple of slots at the top and bottom hold hardboard dividers (detail 'a'). These dividers form ^ bays that separate the planes and keep them from bumping into one another.
To hold the planes in the rack, I drilled a hole at the top of each bay, passed the ends of 3/i6"-dia. nylon cord through the hole, and secured them with a knot. A pre-drilled hardwood ball slips over the cord to adjust the loop around the knob.
Now plane storage is easy. Just set the plane in the rack and tighten the cord securely around the knob.
David Myer Lakeland, Florida
%" -DIA. HOLE
- BACK (1/4 Hdbd.)
FRAME (% x 1)
HARDBOARD DIVIDERS FORM BAYS
BACK FITS INTO RABBET
PRE-DRILLED (%") HARDWOOD BALL
EQUALLY SPACED -DIVIDERS
ShopNotes No. 84