Compact Plane Till | FREE Plan!

Compact Plane Till | FREE Plan!

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Compact Plane Till

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The tool wall in my shop was due for a re-organization. All of my hand planes were stored on their own little shelves and the smaller block planes were on an angled ramp that really messed with peoples’ “OCD” apparently. So I decided to build a small Compact Plane Till to house my entire plane collection. The design is pretty straightforward, featuring a slanted mounting board and a lower shelf, constructed with dadoes and rabbets reinforced with dowels. The planes are held in place with the help of strong cylindrical magnets and the entire till hangs on the wall via a French cleat.

I provide FREE plans for you but keep in mind you’ll want to size this thing to your own plane collection. To do this, lay out your planes on your workbench, roughly in the order you want them. Then cut some 1/2″ thick spacers from scrap and use those as dividers between each plane. To make sure your planes have a little wiggle room, put a single piece of masking tape on each side of the bodies. Once all this is done, press the whole arrangement with your hands from each side being sure none of the planes are skewing and there are no gaps between the parts. The total width of this arrangement is the total width of your plane till’s panel.

In the video you’ll see that I used small cylindrical magnets that I happened to have on-hand at the time. I later ordered larger, more powerful magnets that work better and those are the ones I recommend:

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  1. Mike C on January 24, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Riker’s back is going to start hurting with him just standing up there. Better build him something to lean on.

  2. Jacob J on January 24, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    The intro is just…missing something…

  3. Kyle Franklyn Allwine on January 24, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    Can you share why you chose low angle hand planes as opposed to the other way? Or did you cover that in a video? Sorry if you’ve covered that before.

  4. Bill Parco on January 24, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Liking the screen placement. Would be cool to see you use it like a whiteboard to explain concepts like you did with the plans.

  5. steenfraosterbro on January 24, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    Do the planes and/or the plastic figures come with the plans?

  6. Brian Prusa on January 24, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    I need one but probably won’t make one lol

  7. Danny Baker on January 24, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Loving the sci-fi hints around your shop. I hadn’t noticed Riker before, love it, but the Enterprise inside the Millennium Falcon is a particular fave of mine (love Star Trek). And the Enterprise-D as well. Nice.

  8. omar omar on January 24, 2022 at 9:32 pm


  9. Andrew V on January 24, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I like Mattias Wandel’s method for holding plans. Mostly because it works with out magnets and I don’t want my planes magnetized, and half of my planes are brass….

  10. Gareth Jones on January 24, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you for the free plans! So glad you converted to metric as well, as I have no idea what 17/32nd’s is!

  11. Shawn Geraghty on January 24, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Hi All, does anyone know the brand/make of the push stick Marc uses? Thanks in advance.

  12. Jason Rodocker on January 24, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    How to get scrap quality hardwoods, mind – blown!🤯

  13. Peter Dunphy on January 24, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    What’s with the furniture dolly with wheels on both side. #curious

  14. Aaron Cashion on January 24, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    The best part of this video was the headless Tom Silva action figure. The woodworking was ok too 😀

  15. Rick Crawford on January 24, 2022 at 9:39 pm


  16. The Wood Whisperer on January 24, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Looking for those FREE plans? Go here: Download the plans here:

  17. Wooden Leg Woodworking on January 24, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    That’s really cool! Well done!

  18. Carpintero de los Cerros on January 24, 2022 at 9:43 pm


  19. Adam Scott on January 24, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    What planes would you recommend for someone that is getting into hand tools, I have a lee valley close to me, so am leaning on veritas, but don’t want to be buying planes that I won’t need

  20. Michael Frase on January 24, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Apparently, I missed the episode where Tiny Tool-Belt Guy lost his head. Shop accident, or is Mrs. Tiny Tool-Belt Guy a praying mantis? 😁

    Great job as always.

  21. The Olson Outfit on January 24, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    1:41 that cam/lever is pretty sweet.

  22. James VanderVeen on January 24, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    A beautiful plane till for some beautiful planes!

  23. Shaun Harper on January 24, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Great shop project. A plane till is perfect to add to a tool cabinet as well. A saw till is another great shop project

  24. Michael Thompson on January 24, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Marc let’s be honest…your shop won’t look like a 12 year old’s bedroom until there is a racing car bed. That’s required.

    In all seriousness…I’m considering abandoning the "vintage" planes and buying modern premium planes. What’s your opinion of the Veritas low angles vs. Lie-Nielse standard?

  25. Dayton Stone on January 24, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Delightful, butterflies and all. Wazzat wee bounce as the wood exits the planer?

  26. Garry R on January 24, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    What happened to Tommy’s head?

  27. AS IT TURNS OUT on January 24, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    really nice. more shop projects please!!!

  28. Richard Dillard on January 24, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    Perfect! The exact style I’ve been hoping to build!👍

  29. Mark Quinlan on January 24, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks Marc! Really appreciate the great content and the free plans. Small shop here in Bend, OR so I think I’ll give this project a go. God Bless.

  30. Bad Apple Woodwerx - Tim McDougald on January 24, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    It’s awesome, reminds me of……MY plane till. 😁
    Oh, what happened to that dude’s head? 😲😲

  31. Todd Trebuna on January 24, 2022 at 9:57 pm

    Amused by, “how do you end up with so many scraps of quality wood. Um……it just happens.

  32. Fearsome Warrior on January 24, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Fantastic. I like the proportions of everything but the big strength I think is that this isn’t massive. You can fit it in on the wall between everything else up there. Anyone deciding between a large tool cabinet and smaller tills is going to have a more difficult time deciding when they see this project.

  33. Swallow Forge on January 24, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Yeah… all my planes are made of wood and fell on the floor. The magnets didnt work! You didnt think of that did you Marc! No. Because you only think of yourself…. Jerk.

  34. David Peters on January 24, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    I’ve seen similar ones and been wanting to make one for a while. Thanks!

  35. Peter Cyr on January 24, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    I like the vibe, being a tech nerd too and aspiring wood worker :p

  36. ryan boyington on January 24, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I noticed that you have a love of retro video games as well as woodworking. Do you have any woodworking projects that you use for displaying a game collection?

  37. Arpad Builds This - Woodworking on January 24, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I think you forgot to mention that commander riker is a necessity on this build, and it isn’t a plane stand without one! Great build!

  38. Wood & Screw 🪵 on January 24, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    looking forward to built this!
    and i will install magnet at the back of the board isnt it possible ?

  39. Tavaris Jones on January 24, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Those shoulder planes make me nervous. they are so much taller and top heavy compared to the more traditional plans. Seems like they could work their way out.

  40. Joe Podegracz on January 24, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Given the decorations I see that you’ve made this as a "Number One" project… 🙂

  41. Coqui Audio on January 24, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    much better all together, looks amazing 😊

  42. XyloCraft on January 24, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    That saw clamp is awesome!!

  43. john piano on January 24, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Hey, paisan anyone bothers you let me know ill send the leg breakers your way . Thanks for the video great content. I am needing one for my daddy’s hand planes he left me.. Peace,,
    eat more pasta

  44. Tiny Woodshop on January 24, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    I thought you had lie Nielsen low angle? 🤔 I just watched you used it on the bread storage thingy

  45. Isaac Brooks on January 24, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    Just in time! I’ve been mulling over a way to organize my planes. Thank you!

  46. stevelvd on January 24, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Great shop project and thanks for giving away the plans!! Glad to see you’re protecting your hearing against that rattle can 🤣

  47. JOHN on January 24, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Maybe you will be kind enough to respond to a question. I see you have a Powermatic drill press, and I know they use to be a sponsor of yours. But I am thinking of buying the Delta 18-900L drill press. Do you have any suggestions or comments between the two?

  48. Josh Wurst on January 24, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    It looked like your table saw fence was a combination of the powermatic fence and very super cool tools fence. Did you combine them some how or do you have two fences on your table saw?

  49. Billy on January 24, 2022 at 10:20 pm

    Your timing is impeccable. A simple plane till is this weekend’s project. I was going to use plywood but you’ve inspired me to use that maple I’ve been working around

  50. Craft and Construction on January 24, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    I would prefer drawers for a woodshop… besides that, great build! 👍