Portable and Hanging Chisel Holder

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Project by swirt posted 01-19-2011 06:43 AM 5541 views 11 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My requirements for the chisel holder were that it had to:
1) Protect my chisels from each other
2)protect me from my chisels
3) Hang on a wall
4) Stand solidly on the bench top
5) be small enough to fit in a tote
6) Allow easy access to removing and returning the chisels

Most of the chisel holders I have seen leave the tips of the chisels exposed. I am clumsy enough that I recognize that would be an accident waiting to happen. So I modified a plan I saw in Popular Woodworking.

My rack can hang on a French-cleat, but I added a hinge to the middle so that the chisel holder can stand on a workbench or fold shorter to fit into a tote. When folded part way, the triangular footprint makes it very stable. The spacing is such that the handles weave into each other when the chisel holder is fully closed.

The large gap between the actual slots for the chisels and the bottom edge is to allow sawdust or other debris to fall through and not accumulate.

If you are interested in more details about the rack, spacing tips and building instructions, you can visit my blog post for the Portable Chisel Rack and Stand.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 07:08 AM

Great idea swirt; looks like you’ve got some nice old socket chisels there,I’m wondering if you replaced the handels on those or did they come as a matched set.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#2 posted 01-19-2011 07:14 AM

Now that is a cleaver idea. Very cool.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 01-19-2011 07:18 AM

Thanks Tim. I re-handled all my socket chisels just a few months back.
I just picked up two more that need to be re-handled, plus I am going to re-handle the Witherby that I used as the pattern for my new handles (6th from the left)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 07:21 AM

Thanks doc.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 01:58 PM

Very nice execution ! and great planning, I may have to follow the leader on this .

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 02:39 PM

looking good and a clever idea
you are sure you ain´t have used the Danish inch
on one of the half´s and just made a clever explanation …..LOL

thank´s for sharing Steve :-)

take care

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 05:02 PM

Really nice!
Like the fact you can still see the sizes.
Nice handles that bungie has made…
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 05:08 PM

I love it! I’ve been itching to do something similar for a while. Thanks for the great ideas.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#9 posted 01-19-2011 07:49 PM

Hmmm Dennis, that’s an interesting idea… I could have used the Danish ruler to set the widths of the dadoes for the chisels. That might have given me enough wiggle room to let them slip in and out easilly :p

Mafe if I had more consistent chisels then I would have made it so all of the blades were visible. Unfortunately I chose to accommodate that big framing chisel (2nd from the right) which made it so many of the tips of the ordinary bench chisels don’t show.

Racerglen and Cory, thanks and by all means, run with it.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 10:52 PM

Pretty neat idea Steve! Like your socket chisels, I have such a soft spot for sockets…

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#11 posted 01-20-2011 01:50 AM

Swirt ; I like the yankee cordless skrewdriver on the right behind the chisel box. Tell me’ have you ever stabbed it right through your hand like I did with mine?

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#12 posted 01-20-2011 01:52 AM

Nice way to store your chisels.

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#13 posted 01-20-2011 03:32 AM

Thanks Div. I like the sockets too…that’s the other reason that yellow plastic thing has to go. LOL
I have one ooooolld tang butt chisel (you can see it just in front of the blue titebond glue bottle) that has some family history that I need to re-handle. The handle is broken so I really need to do it, but I am avoiding it because its one of those things I haven’t done before.

Tim I have a couple of Yankees. I like them, and no I have never stabbed my hand with one…. I did stab a thermometer through my hand back when I was a chemistry teacher… does that count? LOL I haven’t owned them very long, so I can’t say they’ve had a lot of opportunity to injure me. ;)

Thanks Beginningwoodworker .

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 01-30-2011 02:55 PM

Very ingenuity idea and versatile too.
This idea will come handy one day thanks allot and very well done.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#15 posted 03-09-2011 09:16 PM

Very nice.

It’s funny, I just bought “Popular Woodworking” at Lowe’s and was looking at a chisel tool rack for my shop, but i like yours better.

Thanks, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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