Various tools cabinet

While I am building the hand tool cabinet, I got inspired to build another cabinet for the tools that did not really fit into this more hand tool cabinet.  It now holds the various tools into 2 cabinets. 

Various other requirements

I baught last christmas Wera screwdrivers and used the included holders that came with the kit but were a bit cheap and taught I could do better then the holders.  This is what it looked like.

Installed the screwdrivers near the workbench

Had other tools that were in a tool holder on the floor.  Pliers, scrapers, pliers and bunch of other tools that were just a mess and not really organized and collecting dust.  I am building a hand tool cabinet and was thinking on the the design I am using from Fine Woodworking and could not find a proper way to hold these tools. Wanted some options opened in this tool cabinet so decided to expand on more then the screwdrivers

Tool Holding

So as many of you, went on other social media and image banks for ideas to hold pliers and such other tools. As with many things, these are a combination of the found ideas the other did and the tools I got with the material I got at hand.  

I also have the luxury to have a cabinet that I could reuse as it served as my router bit holder cabinet.  Since the my router bits are now stored within the base of my router table I had a nice cabinet that I could reuse to convert for some storage.  

Various tool Cabinet

Various tool Cabinet

This is the first part of the cabinet that I reuse/converted to the Screwdrivers and Pliers.  It is mounted on french cleat to a wall that is close to my work bench.  It allows me store the big rulers behind the cabinet and in front of the wall.  

Pliers holder

Pliers holder

Because of the space constraint to clear for the screwdrivers, I decided to add a second small cabinet to store the other items that could not fit into the first cabinet.  

Various tool Cabinet

Various tool Cabinet

This smaller cabinet stores small mallet, lager cutter and hammers (left side of the cabinet).  

Here is the end result 

Various tool cabinets

Various tool cabinets

Pretty happy with the result.  It is now better organized and found new floor space.  

Tool Cabinet – Outer Shell Redo

Here is the outer shell after the first glue up

Outer shell of the Tool Cabinet on edge

Tool Cabinet on edge

Well it is not anymore.  I was able to salvage the sides and top/bottom for different parts but for the outer shell, I had to mill more lumber to be able to redo it.

Why Redo the Outer Shell

There are multiple reason to have done this.

  • Not square from the get go
    • When I originally glued up the outer shell , it was not square although I did a dry run
    • the shelf was cut too long and not properly fitted in length when glued the outer shell together
  • Crappy dovetail
    • Personally, there gaps that I am willing to tolerate, but not that much.  I should of not glued it up like that from the get go and should of cut the strip to redo them

So back to square 1.5…. Not quite from scratch but pretty close.  But I am not really discouraged by this, just doing what I should of done from poor job and maybe trying to go too fast or too tired when cutting the joints or what ever the reason.

Even though this is shop furniture, I still like them too look good and don’t want to redo it in whatever time because I did a not so good job.  It does practice and shop time and good organisation of tools.

The lumber is now dimensioned for the outer shell and the dovetails are layout on the main vertical members and now time for sawing to perfection.

Enough writing, lets go woodworking.

Tool Cabinet – A fresh new start

Few years back, I built a tool cabinet out of Fine woodworking which got me going for a good while.  Well up until now.  I never properly evolved the tool cabinet and never built the doors and hung them to offer storage.

Here is what it looks like now

Tool Cabinet

Tool Cabinet Pre Rework


I was able to adapt it to different variance of tool inventory, but as I mentioned, I am now in a phase to better organise my tool with a new tool cabinet.  Came an article from again Fine woodworking from Mike Pekovich on his take of his new hand tool cabinet for his shop, having outgrown his own.

I have the privilege of being an online member and was able to follow the video series of the build of the cabinet and followed some of the advise as to planing for the tools at hand and then some.

I have a pretty good idea of the organisation that I plan to put into the cabinet and the tools that will go into which part of the cabinet.  Which plane I have and where they go with also some plane that I know I have my eyes on.

Also some other tools that I will plan for appropriate storage and follow the advise to plan for future tools.  I already know of some of them that will eventually come and know the dimension from the toolmaker website so planning the tool holding around those dimensions will make it a breeze to store in due time.


I will be using a variety of material to build the tool cabinet.  All of the carcase will be of hardwood and the dimensions will be adapted based on the material that I have.  Most cases, the hardwood will be a little bit thinner then what the plan states.

I will also use relative dimensioning of the different parts.  The casing is pretty much with the dimensions stated in the plan but for the rest, it will be based on the real build and not exactly what the plan states.  Parts have been rough out to approximate dimensions and will be adjusted as the build progresses.

So stay tuned for the next update for the tool cabinet

Small plow plane upgrades – Lee Valley

Lee Valley just announced small plow plane upgrades for the current owners of the small plow planes they manufacture.  Here are some details of the upgrades :

  • Upgraded depth stop clamping
    • Upgrades concerning the depth stop clamping mechanism that helps prevent it shifting with pressure while planning
  • Skate upgrade for beading blades
    • New options are to be offered for beading blades and Lee Valley offers now an option to retrofit the past/current planes to retrofit one of the skates to support it

I heard of the options from a Youtube video featuring Vic Tesolin that explained the different options.  Please subscribe to the Lee Valley youtube Channel to see the video and other great video from Lee Valley.

This week, I received a letter from Lee Valley because I own a plow plane and that I would be eligible to the different upgrade paths if I so choose to upgrade my current plane.

I also received a letter this week explaining the upgrade process/options and with great details as to how this came along and what are the options for current owners.  It also details the options for the beading blades that can be bought once the retrofit is done if you already own the plane.

You can either bring the plane in store for the retrofit or use the mail-in order process which they will send a box and instruction to send in the part that needs to be retrofitted.  They will return the part once completed.

I believe this is a very nice initiative that has customer in mind.  If the process permits it and they can benefit the customers, then very vey big kudos to the company.  Talk about customer service to make a whole lot of customer happy.   And the letters were written in both french and english, which I guess there is more and more customer that speak Franch.  Lee Valley HQ being so close to Quebec, I would assume that there are more and more french speaking customers.  On behalf of the french speaking customer, thanks.

If you never looked at or don’t know who Lee Valley is, please go visit there web site, and I am sure that you will discover a whole bunch of products and a very good source for what they carry.  I visited a few stores in Canada through travel and the experience is awesome in all the stores.

Here is a picture of a plow plane

Varitas Small Plow Plane

Veritas Small Plow Plane

Joinery plane storage

As I started to build my collection of hand tools, storage became a somewhat priority.  The   more traditional hand planes were not to big of a deal, but the storage of the joinery planes became somewhat of an issue because of there shape.

About 3 years ago, I built a cabinet from one of the Tools and shop edition of Fine Woodworking.  The built was pretty much as is for the carcase, but for the tool storage details, I did not commit too much originally as my tool collection grew.

I had my first 2 saws stored in it, but then that grew so I built a dedicated Saw Till to store the saws.  But as I grew my plane collection, some of them were pretty odd shaped and did not fit into the normal places that the original carcase provided, not that there was something wrong with it, just me not committing to something yet.

I looked at many articles from various source and taught of many options to try to store my 2 router planes, my low plane and rabbeting plane.  They stood for a long time  on the top of the cubbyhole shelve, but taking space and was really not practical.

I then looked into the ramped option to use the big empty space in the middle of the case.  I looked rapidly at the dimensions I could use and this what I kept as the main principal for the 4 planes mentioned earlier.  I was able to use about half the width dimensions of the case, leaving the other half to implement other storage ideas.  This is the result of the ramp

Plane Storage

Plane Storage

From a height perspective, it takes about half of it so I was able to put a tool rack to store my marking gage and some plane screwdrivers, giving me enough space to take out the planes and the screwdrivers from where they are.  Also notice a nice empty space in the middle.  Still not decided what to put there, but I will surely find something.

As for the right side of the case, I still need to organise my chisels, which were stored in an inset door that I removed.  I also need to address blade storage (normal plane blades and router plane blades).  I also need to properly address square storage, but for now, my joinery plane storage can be but at rest, for now 🙂

Shooting board

Well, I finally decided to build a good shooting board, one that is straight and square and that can really try up board with a plane.

I had a smaller version in the past, but I did not really pay attention to the trueness, not really knowing what it was.  I’ve been subscribing to Rob Cosman Online classes and in the power tools section, he builds a shooting board and  a bench hook (which is next on the list).  I really like the techniques that he uses to square up the fence to make sure the all is true.

The version I build only covers 90 degree and has no provision to handle 45 degrees yet ans this is not something  I have to deal with a lot.  Eventually, I might need to include such a provision, but not this time.

As far as materiel goes, I had some left over of birch plywood (3/4″ and 5/8″) left over from other projects.  As with Rob’s build I used purple heart as fences, also leftovers from another build.

The choice of a plane here, I believe can be of 2 choices :

  • Dedicated shooting plane.  For new planes, Lee Valley or Lie-Nielsen sells them
  • Long plane for the mass.  Here any longer plane, say jack plane and higher should do the trick

For now, I use my 5 1/2 jack plane as my shooting plane, but I can’t say that I might look at a dedicated shooting plane in the future.

Few little tricks :

  • Keep the iron sharp.  Specially shooting end grain to square up the ends of the boards, sharp irons are key here
  • Waxing the part of the shooting board where the plane rides, makes it easier to push the plane as it does what it needs to do what it needs to do.

I chose to build a version that resembles pretty much Rob Cosman’s version, but  you could build any other version out there.  There are tons of version out there on the net that you can base yours out of.

But you can also buy a commercial one on the net.  Some people will sell different versions for different tasks.  That’s ok if you chose this route, but I personally believe that shooting board, at least the basic version offers good lessons to build on your own as a good shop project.

Saw till – Finish (well sort off)

Well, the saw till is now Hung on the wall and is nearly finished.  It has all the hand saws that I own and I can now say that the panel saw has now a decent home since I bought it about 2 years ago.

I now contains my 2 dovetail saws, my tenon saw, carcase saw and the rip panel saw.  It has a whole lot of space within the till for expansion and has some room to spare for more.

For now, there is no support in the back ground for the smaller saws and I will see what happens with that.  Use  and time will tell if I need to add some support towards the back for the smaller saws.  I don’t really foresee having a whole lot of panel saws, so dedicating some space for the smaller saw should not be to big of a deal.  Although never say never as they say.


Here is a picture of the till hung on the wall with french cleats.  The bottom portion of the till has a support attached towards the bottom so that it stays level with the wall and does not tilt.


Saw till hung on the wall

Saw till hung on the wall

Saw Till – Introduction 

Saw Till – Dovetail and more

Saw Till – Carcase Dovetail and more

Now that most of the parts are cut to rough dimensions, it was time to tackle the Carcase Dovetail.  Build out the shell of the till itself to at least have a frame of reference to be able to tackle the rest of the internal parts.


The lumber I had for the side, bottom and shelf did not quite fit the width that the construction suggested.  I did chose to build with the same base dimensions as  described in the plan done by Shannon @ the Hand tool School.


I started to fit the bottom with dovetail on both sides, oriented so that the wedging action does it’s job for this case action.


There were also the top member that is also done with a single dovetail to keep both side members from spreading at the top.


Saw Till Dovetail Closeup

Saw Till Dovetail Closeup

I then fitted the necessary for the shelf, which delimits the top of the drawer and serves as the bottom to sit part of the saws that will be in the till.


Saw Till Side with Router plane

Saw Till Side with Router plane

Then came to fit in the front member that will hide the front part of the shelf and also serve to sit a portion of the saw handles (at least for the longer saws).


Saw Till Bottom

Saw Till Bottom details


At this point, the saw till carcase is assembled and holding by itself and is pretty solid.  Yes the dovetail have gas, but any occasion I have to practice by hand, I will take.

The back is still to be done and should add some stiffness to the carcass and hanging support to the wall.

For the internals, I taught of a few scenarios

Saw Till – Introduction

Saw Till – Nearly Finished

Moving fillister plane workout

I added the LeeValley moving fillister plane about 1 year ago and didn’t really have a chance to give it a good workout since about 2 weeks ago.


I finally got to test drive the plane on back panels for en entertainment center that I am completing for my sitter.  I made sure that the iron was well sharpened as I would plane some purple heart, which would tend to be hard on the sharpness of the Iron.  I did resharpen the iron by the time I was done.


Back to woodworking 🙂   So I had a chance to use the moving fillister from LeeValley for the back boards of the lower part of the entertainment center to cut the rabbets so that each board can overlap each other, also leaving enough space for expansion.

Few comments about the plane :

  • Rarely used the knob in front of the plane
  • The plane that I use is a right handed version and I placed my left hand against the side of the plane for side pressure, which gave    better result then using the front knob (Yes I used both)
  • Shavings escape on the left side of the plane, in the hand that holds the plane on the side (if you are using the left hand version, the shavings would exit on the right hand side, into your right hand if you are holding the plane the same way I do). This is somewhat of a pain to clean the shavings
  • I followed some recommendation from Chris Schwarz articles from various articles and publication from Popular Woodworking, which made the job easier and the above comments.

All in all, I am pretty happy with the plane and is a keeper for what it does best.  Following are some pictures of the work done by the plane.  If you would like to have some help for the sharpening of the iron, please search the Lee Valley web site for tutorials.  One of them includes the sharpening process of this particular iron.

Examples of Shilapped boards

Shiplapped boards

Shiplapped boards


Shavings from the plane :


Moving Fillister Rabbet Plane Shavings

Moving Fillister Rabbet Plane Shavings


Setup for planing using hold fasts :


Rabbet Bench Setup

Rabbet Bench Setup

Saw Till – Introduction

Saw Till Backgroud

After being interested by hand tools and getting a few saws, I decided to build the saw till featured in the Hand Tool School Semester 1.

If you are not familiar with the Hand Tool School, please visit click on the link included in the title.  Shannon Rogers has been running the school for a while now is close to beginning the 6th semester (as of this writing).

As I don’t own as much saws that would fit in the till yet, I was interested in the getting proper storage for the saws that I own so far and future proof the storage as the collection might grow in the future.

Few ajustments and stock selection

The species is maple as I had enough stock for the project in the shop.  I did not have quite large enough board to do sides with a one piece, but was not too far off.  The drawer front will be from cherry, which I had an off cut from a board that was pretty for my taste and was keeping for a project like this.

Other then the species of the drawer front that is different from the main stock, the thickness is also a little bit different but pretty close to the thickness that is included in the plan.  Had to adjust a little bit with the stock that was available.  Here is first look at the lumber that will be used for the build.

The till is constructed as a case with a drawer at the bottom to store different items that would relate to saws.  The saw sit on the shelf that separate the opening for the storage of the saws and the drawer.

The rough dimensioning of the lumber has started and now some of the joinery can start with some of the parts.  More to come in future posts 🙂


 Saw Till – Dovetail and More

Saw Till – Nearly Finished

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