On the entire, I choose open storage, like trays and spacious compartments, so I not often make a specialised holder for a person software. The truth that the instruments contact each other horrifies some woodworkers, however open storage means that you can match a lot of instruments in a small area. And so they allow you to simply reorganize based mostly on which instruments are crucial at that second. Simply transfer them to the highest tray, like in a standard English chest, or to the entrance of the compartment, like in a Dutch software chest with its open space under. Plus, with conventional trays, your instruments are by no means hidden. No extra opening 10 drawers to search out the nail set.
Nonetheless, I don’t need sharp, delicate edges getting dinged in these open trays. I defend some of these instruments utilizing software rolls or wine cork, or I retailer them in a rack.
I take advantage of two sorts of racks, one with holes and one with spacers. A easy rack with 1/2-in. holes drilled 1-1/8 in. aside holds and protects awls, screwdrivers, slicing gauges, and dividers with out making it onerous to reorganize them. A rack set away from the case facet with spacers, additionally referred to as a French rack, works nice in a software chest, permitting you to retailer instruments akin to chisels and saws.
For storing handplanes, most software chests have an open effectively. A conventional ground chest is sized so there’s sufficient area for a superb set of bench, joinery, and molding planes. The decrease compartment of a typical Dutch software chest permits you to retailer your molding and joinery planes so you possibly can see their profiles. Word, although, that these areas don’t have dividers or specifically fitted compartments. Once more, this lets you reconfigure your software set with out ripping out a bunch of exactly made wood partitions that you simply constructed proper earlier than you acquire that new shoulder airplane.
Molding planes are often saved vertically towards the again wall of a ground chest with the assistance of a single divider, which is solely nailed to cleats, making it simply detachable. Or the molding planes are saved in a compartment with the toe of the software going through ahead. Both configuration means that you can see the software’s profile with ease.
For storing bigger saws, most individuals go overboard with custom-fitted holders for the handles. Whereas some saws have been saved that method in outdated chests, I choose utilizing blocks of wooden on the ground of the chest which might be kerfed to carry the sawblades.
Divide with discretion
Admittedly, there are occasions after I do choose dividers and devoted software holders. I make these for instruments that I’ll want regardless of how my work modifications sooner or later. In my Dutch software chest, I’ve constructed dividers sized for a jack, a jointer, and a smoothing airplane—core planes it’s troublesome to think about working with out. Nonetheless, these dividers are pine scraps pinned collectively with out glue. That makes them straightforward to pry out and reconfigure ought to I take up knitting.
Additionally, generally it’s simpler to make software holders out of leather-based than wooden. When you personal a utility knife, nail snips, and a hammer you’ve all of the instruments that you must rivet collectively easy leather-based software holders. For instance, I made a leather-based pouch for my block airplane utilizing scraps from a chair fee and copper rivets from a neighborhood retailer.