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A Case for a Big English Chariot Plane

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I made a case for a big English chariot plane today. If you have followed my posts you have seen various tool cases I have made to house my tools.

I store them on shelves so I can select the tools for a project or pick and choose those I want for a demonstration distant from my shop and pack them in containers for transport.

I selected local Ozark walnut for this case and joined the corners with hand cut dovetails and a captured panel for the bottom. A sliding lid forms the top. In the past I have posted on this page the entire process of joining a case so this post deals only with the last stages of this case starting with installing banded inlay in the sides and one end followed by finishing.

This is a larger than usual English chariot plane that is a wonderful tool for trimming dovetails and pins to create crisp corners.

This photo shows the progress of installing the inlays. The inlay grooves were cut with the scratch stock you see to the right of the square. I used the gunmetal miter template to cut the 45's for the two corners at the end.

I next glued the banded inlay into the grooves and pressed it into place with a robust, heavy roller. Glue is put in the groove only and not on the inlay. If glue is put on the inlay, it immediately swells from the moisture in the glue and is too wide for the groove.

The banding should not be sanded because the resulting dust will blur the sharpness of the inlay details and blend the colors. I use a scraper I made to smooth the inlay.

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