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Submitted on the old forum by Kev

Thinking about changing things up in the new shop!

I've had a hand tool cabinet and I've had a couple of tool walls.  They both have their pros and cons.

So, I'm considering a mixture in the new shop.  A cabinet for all the hand planes and items I don't use as often and the tool wall for the rest that I use more frequently.

Currently, the planes live in a drawer but, I'm just not overly happy with that option.  What I do like is that I can toss those little moisture packets in with them and don't have any rust issues.  Beyond that, there's really nothing that I like about their current storage.

I'd appreciate some thoughts and conversation!

“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”  John Wooden

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1) Unfortunately I don't think there is an ultimate solution. I guess if you find rust to be a major issue in the new shop after all the kinks are worked out, keeping your planes in a drawer might be best even though less convenient.

2) Rust isn't currently an issue in my shop.  The reason I don't currently like the drawer option is totally nit picky but, I don't like bending over and opening a drawer to get them.  Reality is that the current situation works just fine.  I'd just like it to work better.

I do think you're right in that there really isn't an "ultimate solution".  I guess I'm just looking for options that I'm not seeing or may not know about.

3) My planes currently live in a drawer as well, for lack of wall space and like you, the little gel packs seem to be doing a decent job, but not entirely. Other than pics, the only cabinets I’ve seen were at Amana and in Rick’s shop in TN and I really like the looks as they are well displayed and they look better protected, aside from the humidity, which we have our share. I vote in your case, the cabinet if wall space is available.


“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”  John Wooden

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