Keep Planes Close at Hand
Planes go in and out in seconds with this easy-to-make rack
Synopsis: This plane rack stores a full set of handplanes close at hand but secure, so your investment won’t be dropped, dinged, or dulled because it happened to be sitting out on the bench. The rack holds the plane by its knobs, suspended from loops made from bootlaces. The soles rest on an angled panel. The system is strong and stable, and the bootlace hangers let you store planes easily so you’ll never leave them lying around again.
Let’s face it. Handplanes are expensive, costing as much as or more than a benchtop power tool. To keep these investments safe, many woodworkers tuck their planes inside drawers or cabinets. Though the tools are safe and sound, it’s a nuisance to keep opening a door or drawer to access the planes while they’re working. For convenience, many folks end up keeping their most-used planes on top of the bench.
That method is not so convenient, however, because the planes can get in the way, and they’re just inches from getting knocked to the floor accidentally. My plane rack solves all of those problems.
Though simple in design, the rack has a unique way of holding the planes. The knobs are suspended from loops made from bootlaces, and the soles rest on an angled panel. The system is strong and stable, and the bootlace hangers allow me to grab and store planes with ease.
This rack holds what I consider to be a full set of handplanes—a jointer, fore, jack, two smoothers (Nos. 4 and 41⁄2), three block planes—with room below for some specialty planes, such as a shoulder plane. But the rack can be modified to fit more or fewer planes, or planes of different sizes.
Joinery is straightforward
The case is assembled with simple…