To Make or Not to Make

As I’ve mentioned before, one of the things that keeps me from splurging on new tools is space. Case in point, I’d love to own a plow plane, but I have absolutely no idea where to store the thing so it won’t get dinged constantly.

Maybe I could make a lidded box to keep it safe.  Maybe I’ll make a plow plane myself so I don’t care if it gets dinged. Maybe I’ll just suck it up and keep using a compact plunge router.

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  1. James I have some extreme space restrictions myself and I’m building a joiners chest as that gives me compact storage for most every handtool I own or will ever “need”, including my plow plane. I currently have the plow in a dedicated box and that is just way more storage space than my work corner (it isn’t a shop) can accommodate.

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    1. Denise, I have my double craftsman toolchest which works pretty well. I think I could probably figure out a better storage system for my small clamps (they’re currently stuffed in the bottom and deepest drawer of the top chest) and use that drawer for specialty planes.

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  2. I’ve been thinking about your lack of space and the “big” expanse of empty wall behind your bench/table. Could you perhaps build a free-standing french cleat wall? You’d then have plenty of storage options. You’d have to lean over the bench to reach it, but you could put seldom-used tools up there.

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