Termites and other pest can cause expensive damage. Here's what to look for: sawdust-like accumulations of frass indicate the presence of termites. An exterminator can spray or set traps to eliminate the infestation. A clean hole without cobwebs or leaves indicates an access hole for rodents. An exterminator can set a trap for them, too.
Having special shelves for your carpenter’s planes will help keep them organized. But before mounting these shelves, rout a groove 1/2 in. deep into their top surface. Position the groove where the blade will rest when the plane is on the shelf. The groove will provide a slot for the blade and you won’t have to retract it before storage.