As many of you will know, one of my primary focuses at the moment is workshop organisation. As part of this I am looking to get my tools off of shelves and out of packed drawers and onto the walls where needed.

I have long admired the Tool Wall that was completed by Steve Branam over at Close Grain. It was one of the first examples of hand tool wall storage I came across over a year ago when I was researching good ideas for hanging tools on the wall. The focal points of Steve’s wall are his Saw till and also his Plane till. The moment I saw the Saw Till I knew I wanted one like it. I wasn’t 100% sure if I also wanted the plane till as both units together take up a lot of room that I am not sure I can accommodate (being mindful of my other tools).

I also knew that the saw till would be one of the pivotal items on the wall. This is not because my saws are the most important or most used tools, but because of the fact that the vast majority of my tools will be fixed using individual smaller fixings than a large saw till.

One of the first tasks before me was to get an idea of how many saws I wanted to keep in the till:

My Saw laid out on the workbench

My saws laid out on the workbench

I have more saws than I need and didn’t realise that I owned so many. This is not a problem as I had planned on using some of them as practice for restoration and sharpening.

With an idea of how many saws I wanted in the till (10 saws plus 2 Japanese saws) I could work out the width that I wanted the saw till to be. Then working from my longest saw, I could come up with the height needed. I wanted to add a shelf under the till to either keep as a shelf or to used to house drawers at a later date.

Working with these measurements and ideas, I was able to come up with the following design:

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The video of the build can be found below:

As I mentioned in the video, there is a change that I would make to the design were I to rebuild this project. This change concerns the saw handle holder piece. As this stands, it can accommodate all but two of my saws, the two largest saws, one of which is the Disston saw I purchased in an auction (a post on this will follow this week).

In order to accommodate these saws, the holder needs to sit closer to the front of the saw till. So rather than sitting 1 1/2″ from the front face of the till, I would move it to be only 1/2″ from the front. Giving each of the saws a more pronounced tilt and secure them more thoroughly in the blade holder pieces.

The Saw Till finished and loaded with saws

The Saw Till finished and loaded with saws

As you can see, I am using the bottom shelf to store some hand planes. It is just large enough for me to be able to fit my No 5 1.2, No 5, No 4 1/2 and No 4 planes on. I will add a drawer (or several) to this shelf at a later date, but for now it is keeping my planes nice and secure.

Finished till angled view

Finished till angled view

This project actually had another significance for me, it is the first time I have cut dovetails. I know that for many this will be as nothing, but for me it is a bit of a milestone and I am happy with how they turned out.

View of my first set of dovetails

View of my first set of dovetails

As you will have seen in the video, I used the Veritas dovetails marker (1:6 pitch) and this worked great. I’d like to play with making my own dovetail markers in the future I am unsure of which style to try and make, but I found the fact that these markers combined the angle and the square in one go REALLY appealing.

The Veritas Dovetail Marker that I used sat atop the first set of tails I ever made.

The Veritas Dovetail Marker that I used sat atop the first set of tails I ever made.

Thanks all

~Alistair

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