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Project by rwyoung posted 02-06-2010 07:59 AM 8466 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the set of three mortise chisels made by Narex (pretty nice, but be warned, they are metric, not imperial sizes). However they don’t come with a storage box.

I recently hacked together a little box to hold the cutters for my Record 044C. There was still some of that pine left (definitely NOT quality stuff but OK for shop hack projects).

This time, instead of dovetailing the corners, I opted for a housed rabbet joint. This was a hybrid project. The wood was resawn, thicknessed and handplaned all by hand to get 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4” (nominally, in the end it doesn’t matter if you build to relative sizes) stock. However most of the ripping and cross cutting was done on the table saw. The raised panel lid was also a table saw for the gross stock removal but hand planes for final fitting. I used a 1/4” bit in the router table to do the dados and cross grain rabbets. But I used my Record 044C for the grooves and with-grain rabbets. Worked quite nicely. Next time I’m near a hobby store I’ll pick up some leather and stick it to the inside of the short side by the chisel points. Just to keep them from chipping away at the pine too much. Also, I’ll get some elastic band from the fabric store and pin that down along the tops of the two outside support brackets. That will help hold the chisels in place.

Like my blade box, this pine may self destruct. It already has a few repairs where things blew out. Just such punky stock. :( But heck, it was good practice and I can always use it as the model for another one. 8-)

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.





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#2 posted 02-06-2010 08:24 AM

Wow! Nice work!

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#3 posted 02-06-2010 08:27 AM

Nifty!

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#4 posted 02-06-2010 02:51 PM

Pine is a great prototype wood make mistakes on cheap stuff Your chisle rack looks great

-- GO DAWGS!

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#5 posted 02-06-2010 04:44 PM

Really neat box. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#6 posted 02-06-2010 04:59 PM

Reminds me I need to make one.

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 05:05 PM

Nice little project. Gotta protect those chisels somehow.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#8 posted 02-06-2010 05:08 PM

Nice work, on the chisel box.

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#9 posted 02-06-2010 05:48 PM

Very nice work on the chisel box. As to the leather, years ago someone mentioned in FWW that some leathers use tanning solutions that promotes rust. Might be worth considering.

-- jstegall

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#10 posted 02-06-2010 05:50 PM

@John Stegall -

I believe the optimum choice is vegetable tanned leather. However I’m not terribly worried since the leather won’t be in direct contact, the box doesn’t seal air-tight and the best rust remover for any steel tool is USE. ;)

If I was really hard-core, I’d think about skinning those darn bunnies that eat my garden every year and tan their little hides for my leather…

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#11 posted 02-06-2010 06:01 PM

Those boxes were for antique guns. I think someone mentioned using acorns (for the tannin I presume). I like your suggestion for the bunnies. Our cat used to offer us one or two per week. She was a great hunter.
Now I have to go start on my wine storage rack.

-- jstegall

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#12 posted 02-06-2010 06:28 PM

@John Stegall -

Wine storage rack = good idea. Adding that to the list.

-- Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.

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#13 posted 02-07-2010 08:40 AM

nice looking storage box…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 02-07-2010 01:28 PM

Hey, I’ve seen this before! It looks good. Nice work. Did you get leather and straps for it yet?

-- Bud -

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#15 posted 02-09-2010 09:47 PM

nice little box to store them in

Dennis

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