Benchtop Chisel Storage

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Project by AlpE posted 08-13-2020 11:22 PM 938 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used to keep my chisels in an inexpensive leather tool roll, rolled up in drawer in the workbench. It worked well enough, but my habit was to leave it unrolled on the bench when in use, which had a tendency to catch all the shavings, dust, and chips then get rolled up and fall into both the chisel pockets, and in the bench drawer. While my shop is no model for cleanliness and order I do try and keep things at least somewhat respectable, at least when not in use. I had seen several really great looking boxes that folks on here and other places around the internet had made to store their chisels on the bench. I decided I liked that idea and was looking for a project to occupy my time for a weekend, so I made this.

Initially, I was pretty pleased with this solution, but after using it for a a couple years, I find my opinions on the matter shifting the other direction. Its a decent enough box, but really takes up just too much space on the bench. I wind up moving it around the bench more and more frequently, especially when I’m working at the vise and it often feels like its just in the way of everything I’m trying to do. The tool roll wasn’t any better in this regard, but it was more mobile by design. I still use the chisel box, but these days I think those of you that have wall mounted chisel storage really have the right idea. Never more than an arms reach away, but occupying zero bench space at all. Coming up with a version of a wall mounted chisel storage and trying that out for a while is on my list of things to make at some point. Unfortunately, my “want to make” list grows much faster than my ability to find time. In the meantime, Im seriously considering reverting back to the dust collecting tool roll.

The box is made of walnut and ambrosia maple. I filled the big knot in the walnut top with epoxy mixed with copper colored metallic powder. That last bit took forever and a day to cure, but it did produce a kind of cool effect.

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#1 posted 08-13-2020 11:44 PM

Seems it’s only with the doing, and using we figure out our likes/dislikes. It would be smarter if we could test drive stuff in our heads, I guess doing that is why we keep making stuff that doesn’t quite work though. :-)

Best of luck.

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#2 posted 08-14-2020 02:29 AM

A nice looking case, but I agree, it is rare to need a whole box o chisels all at the same time. It is rare that I ever have more than one chisel out at the same time.

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#3 posted 08-14-2020 10:05 AM

I am just thinking to store my bench chisels on my “tool wall” for easy access May I ask what brand of chisels you have there?

-- Petey

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#4 posted 08-14-2020 10:40 AM

My chisels are Stanley sweetheart 750s. They are the modern version not the vintage version. I like them very much, though I think the original, vintage sweetheart chisels are an overall better quality tool.

I am just thinking to store my bench chisels on my “tool wall” for easy access May I ask what brand of chisels you have there?

- Peteybadboy

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