My new hand tool cabinet and 2 new additions to the family
Here is a pic of the Hand tool cabinet I made when I had a spare evening a couple of weeks ago..... Cabinet is BB ply, doors are made of solid bamboo a friend gave me....
In all likelyhood I will make a couple of small drawers with dividers for my block planes.... The parking spaces on the 2nd shelf are deep enough for up to a #5, the top shelf is 28" wide. Big enough for a #8.
Also my 2 new planes LN LA block and rabbit block next to my LV LA block for size comparison..
Getting a little off-topic here,
But I know I'd never get a bronze 4-1/2. I think it's too heavy to be practical if you have more than a few minutes planing to do, not to mention the difficulty of steering the plane. Forget about using it to smooth surfaces of an assembled cabinet that are not horizontal, or an assembled drawer etc. Not much feel on sufaces that are narrower than the sole either. I have a 4 1/2 iron smoother, and that's about as big and heavy as I find useful; it's too heavy and awkward for several tasks. If the grain gives me problems to the extent that I need a tank to plane it, I just grab my #8. I've only needed to do that a few times.
I have ordered the 4 1/2 Bronze and Rob has allocated one to me when them come in...... The hard part will be cutting that blue plastic wrap open. I may just put it away for a rainy day seing as I already have a 4 1/2HAF.
Thanks for changing that pic thing..... could not figure it out...
Good point banjo,
I don't use wood with knots, unless they are very small, unless the wood is rare, or unless it is for carpentry. Back in the days of hand tools only the wood was more often clear of knots and straight-grained. The level of knowledge about what made good wood was also much higher in general.