Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Wall mounted Plane and Tool Cabinet - Part 22 - Record 044C hanger

Record 044C Hanger

The remaining handplane that I wanted to have constant access to without having to search through cardboard boxes is the much used Record 044C. I decided that it would be hung by its fence rods on the deep inside door. I had to arrange it so the handle would not hit any of the planes already mounted in the cabinet as clearance is tight. In practice this was easy to determine and I fabricated a hanger from some scrap beech and walnut.
As you can see it is a very simple hanging bracket comprising a slot running at around 45 degrees with sufficient clearance to allow the bars of the fence assembly to simply engage.

The planes center of gravity holds it straight and parallel to the face of the door.

Twin brackets suspend the plane on the door

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

A Low Assembly Table

I had plans to make a low assembly table incorporating a torsion box top for a few years now. The table sits around 24" from the floor and is the ideal height to make furniture of the scale I produce and also doubles as an assembly table for any musical instruments.

Essentially the torsion box top is made in a similar way to others you may have seen on the internet. I made mine from lightweight 12 (1/2") nominal MDF, oak and hardboard. I started by cutting an 8' X 4' sheet in half.

The resultant sheets were then cut to 1220 mm (4') x 1150 (3'-10") mm. I then cut a number of 50mm (2") wide strips from another board.

The cut list for the strips was this:

  • 2 off 1220 x 50 x 12 - (4' x 2" x 1/2" for the front and rear outer sides
  • 5 off 1196 x 50 x 12 - (3'-11" x 2" x 1/2") for the inner dividers
  • 2 off 1125 x 50 x 12 - (3'-9" x 2" x 1/2") for the left and right sides
  • 42 off 189 x 50 x 12 - (7-1/2" x 2" x 1/2") for the spacers

Initial glue up