I finally made it back to Atlanta this December, and while I was there I was given this beautiful little block plane. It seemed appropriate to build a box for the plane, using the plane.
Here's the plane on top of the block of oak from which I made the box. It's solid, but made from a few pieces glued together. I think it's a section from a post on the staircase of our old house.
I started by sawing off a slice of the block to make a lid from.
I squared off all sides roughly with my larger block plane, after I spent a good long while sharpening it.
I finished the sides with the little plane. No sanding needed.
I began chiseling out a recess for the plane using some small chisels and gouges.
I slowly carved deep enough to fully submerge the plane:
I chiseled a dovetail into the sides of the edge around the box, and beveled the lid to match:
I sawed a thin slice off the bottom of the box to finish the lid:
The two pieces of the lid were glued together and planed square with the rest of the box. Here it is after a couple coats of tung oil:
The finished cavity of the plane. I carved it as close to the actual shape of the plane as I reasonably could: