Enlarged Plane Rack

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The Way Things Happen

This is another one of those projects that sat in my "Drafts" folder for some time...since March of 2022 to be exact!  But I have endeavored to clear that folder out and I've been semi-successful in the past few weeks.  This one is about, you guessed it - when I made a larger rack for my planes.  Let's get into it!

The Original

On March 4, 2020 I posted about the original plane rack here at 173.  Looking back wasn't This the biggest understatement of all time?:

This is one of those times when we're living history, and it's also one of those times we know we're living it. Corona virus has hit our shores and there's a huge outbreak down in New Rochelle.  I presume my colleagues and I will be deployed there soon.

The very next day we were deployed and our lives were drastically changed for the next nearly two years!  Anyway, back then I had a couple planes lying about, then I saw this picture and realized I needed a plane rack:

All of which led me to build a rack big enough to hold my two Stanley #4s and two block planes.

A Small Collection

It's interesting how you really don't notice something until you start noticing them. Until the day I drove off the lot with my Jeep Patriot nearly 10 years ago, I hadn't really noticed them.  But from that very moment I started seeing them everywhere!  Well, same thing with hand planes.  

There I was, happily living my life with my Dad's Stanley #4 and a cheap (but surprisingly effective) Stanley #4 off Amazon.  Then I build a plane rack and next thing you know I have a small collection of planes.  It's amazing how quickly it can happen!  Here's an incomplete list of my small hand plane collection...

Time For A Bigger Rack 

Obviously it was time to make a bigger storage rack, so back to the drawing board.  I found the space on the workshop shelf that was the perfect size so it was back to the drawing board!

I started by dry fitting a new piece of plywood..

Then I laid out and cut the felt backing from the roll I still have from the Gerstner Tool Chest restoration back in February of 2020.  

When I made the original rack, I painted and saved any lengths of the dividers I had remaining, which worked out well I'd say!  I did need to cut and paint a couple additional lengths, but I still had some of the wood, which was just some scraps from ripping boards for some long forgotten project.

Then it was time to add the dividers.  Interestingly, I have no idea what I was doing with the clamps in this next shot, or why I took a picture of it!...

The grid I originally laid out didn't come to fruition, although I don't recall why.  However, it turned out to be a stroke of luck as the upper portion turned out to be the perfect size for my 1918 Stanley Bailey #5 which I didn't have when I built this version.

When I built this rack I salvaged the sides from the old one, so all-in-all I think this rack took about an hour and a half to build.  After all, there really isn't much to it!  But it really worked out well.  I suppose if I end up with another plane or two I'd just build another to use in addition to this one.  

Its Natural Habitat

And just like - the rack was in its natural habitat.  This next picture shows the rack before I picked up that 1918 Stanley Bailey #5.  I like the way it turned out, much like the original, only bigger!

Hey look - thanks for stopping by and - see ya' next time!
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