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Working with Hands - James E. Price

  A Case for Two Planes 1 of 6  


Last night and for a few hours today I worked on making a mahogany case for two planes that have been together for at least a century.


I have owned them for only four days so they are new to my shop. Over a forty-year span I have made hundreds of dovetailed tool cases with sliding lids.

Sliding lids are very effective in keeping moisture and dust from fine tools and are faster to make than lids that require mortised hinges. Since my rule for tool cases states there are no appendages to scratch or dent other cases in a stack on a shelf, a sliding lid effectively satisfies that requirement.

My sliding lids travel in grooves cut with a plow plane. Over the years I have learned lots about sliding case lids and how to make them. They cannot be too loose or too tight. They must slide with only minor resistance but wedge into place so they will not slide out while being transported.

This post is a tutorial on how I make sliding lids and we start with the completion of the case sides, ends, and bottom in place.

This photo shows the mahogany case ready to receive a sliding lid.

Each case I make is hand dovetailed. The depression in the end
of the box will receive an icon that will indicate what is contained therein.

The case has a paneled bottom captured in plowed grooves.

After measuring the width of the lid, I saw and then plane down to a gauge line and after each shaving is removed, I check to see of if it is exactly the correct width. Taking just one shaving too many will result in a slight space between the edge of the lid and the wall of the groove in which it will slide.

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