The Great Hand Plane Revival

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Bench-side instruction on tuning, sharpening and using your grandfather's old plane! [Read More]

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Learn how to identify, use, and repair wooden and metal joinery planes in this five hour instructional video that's...[Read More]
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  Box for Two English Smoothers 1 of 2  


If you have followed my posts you have seen photos of several cases I have made to protect fine tools...

... both on my shop shelf and for transport my woodworking demonstrations at National Park Service cultural events. Most of the cases I have made hold a single tool or an assortment of small related tools.

Yesterday I decided to containerize two handmade English smoothers that I frequently use. Thoughts of design have been in my head for months. Through careful planning I was able to fit the two smoothers into a case only 10 inches by 10 inches.

This is a photo of the hand-dovetailed African Mahogany
case for two English infill planes.

I thought some of you may want to copy the diagonal partition that can simply be lifted out of the case and reinserted with no fasteners or other hardware. When in position, the diagonal partition is very strong and absolutely cannot move laterally once it is in place due to the geometry of the partition and angled blocks in diagonally opposing corners of the case.

Two planes in their case with the diagonal partition
separating and securing them.

And, by the way, it matters not which way you slide the partition into place as long as the top is up. It fits the same both ways.

The diagonal partition can be readily lifted out.

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