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Thread: How/where do you keep your handplanes?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2008

    How/where do you keep your handplanes?

    I mean, other than laying out on the workbench.

    Today I have them in drawers below my secondary workbench.

    Wondering if a till or wall cabinet would be better.

    Not only the basic planes, but some have accessories (router plan blades, rabbeting guides, et al)

    Do you keep scrapers, spokeshaves, small planes in the same way as your larger planes?

    Near chisels? (also in a drawer)

    For chisels I was thinking some nifty CNC or 3D printed holder that could be modular and snap together whatever number of 'pockets' needed. Does anyone have a 3D printed chisel or handplane holder they care to share a pic of?

    What about your saws? A separate saw till?

    3 different solutions or combined into one? What about expansion?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    I use a rather pedestrian method. The bench planes sit on pegboard hooks that have rubber sleeves on them to prevent scratches. Over the holidays I'm planning on working up a fancier solution. Block planes and the like live in a toolbox drawer

    Last edited by Rob Luter; 12-15-2021 at 3:03 PM.
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  3. #3
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    Nov 2013
    Waterford, PA
    Mine are in a couple of drawers with chisels and scrapers in drawers above them. I've considered moving the couple of the planes and chisels I use the most to a wall mount solution, but haven't gotten there.

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    I have a plane till, a saw till and a wooden holder for chisels that resembles the one in Rob Luter's picture above. Specialty planes (plow, etc) are in individual wooden boxes that are made to stack and sit on a shelf under my bench.

    I dont know that there's any significant advantage to a plane till versus a drawer. In fact, I'll bet it's easier to contol humidity/rust in a drawer. I have mine in a till because I just like looking at them displayed there.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Western Nebraska
    These are old pics from my last two shops, I've had them in 3 different shops set up like this. I like it because I like the look and everything is accessible. I really like the saw till in the cabinet too.

    Last edited by Steve Rozmiarek; 12-15-2021 at 8:29 AM.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2018
    Orwell, NY
    My block plane lives on its side on a little shelf in a little shelf unit that I got for $2 at an auction many years ago. The two larger planes sit on 2 nails each, nailed into the side of a deep window frame. They all get dusty because I don't use them often, but when I want them they're handy to grab.

  7. #7
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    Jan 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL
    I just built a plane till. Works out great, even for my larger #7.

    Plane Till 1.jpg
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  8. #8
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    Mar 2019
    Central New Jersey
    I have a small shop so I keep them on a tool wall right behind my bench, all within arms reach, the chisels are in the small tray. All frequently used tools are on the wall. Having it so close to the bench allows you to put the tool back on the wall and not have it clutter the bench (In theory this works, but not always in practice).

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  9. #9
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    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    I have mine in a normal wall cabinet not far from my bench. They sit flat but with the fronts raised off the cabinet shelf with a small scrap of wood. Not fancy, not pretty, but they are dust free and protected from the general shop environment. I suppose that if I used them a lot then something more convenient to grab them would be in order, such as an on-wall plane till. But I use them for utility, not to do major work on projects. (And yea, I'd likely use my CNC for that project. LOL) Maybe I'll do that when I have a new shop building up and have the room to be more creative with tool storage.

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  10. #10
    I have a couple wall cabinets. The larger one is next to my Scandi bench, and the smaller one (the plane overflow cabinet) is a few steps away.

    Wall Cab1.jpg Wall Cab2.jpg

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    I made this wall cabinet.

    The center section is almost exclusively planes. I have a #3, two #4's, a #5 and #7 and a low angle in the open section. The 'cubbie holes' Have a rabbet, coffin, router, shoulder, plough plane and a LN #3.


    Secondary chisels are in the cabinet in this holder.


    My best (and most used) chisels are kept in this box that I made. The box is stored in the cabinet, but I bring it to the workbench when I'm using them.


    I'm still trying to figure out saw storage. I had quite a few hand saws, and built a pretty large till. But, I only used a few of them. So, many didn't make the trip to the new shop. I might build a smaller till.

  12. #12
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    Jun 2009
    Houston, Texas
    Since I don't have much wall space. I've got my plane till sitting on the cabinets just to the right of my work bench. Probably not a good solution for most people.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    I have a till in this hanging cabinet next to my bench where I keep my most often used planes. My block planes and small shoulder plane live on a shelf on leather below the till.


    I have this tool caddy hanging off the back rail of my bench. I use it to keep tools a little closer during a project.

    If you go to the Neander section you can probably find a lot more ideas.


  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jul 2021
    Central Pa.
    Kept it simple-grabbed an old dresser from marketplace and just put 'em in it.

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