Carving tools till

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Quick and dirty. Scrap pine from the bookcase project, mitered dovetails, with a board rabbeted into the back for the magnets, plus holes drilled into the bottom with a 1” spoon bit. Fits all of my most-used carving tools but the 25mm wide #1 sweep, which is about 3mm too long.

Cleat and spacer glued and screwed onto the back, finished with a coat of BLO. And now my bench is a little cleaner.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 03-09-2021 04:02 PM

well damn, that’s awful neat and handy – GREAT idea !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 03-09-2021 04:06 PM

Nice till with some good looking scrap pine. I’m for anything that keeps the workbench top clean, then again I just find something else to put on it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 03-09-2021 04:13 PM

Thanks, Dick! It’ll maybe get a door some day. Or maybe not. We’ll see.

Thanks, Dave! Yeah, the clean spot on the bench will probably only last for a day or two, but maybe one of these days I’ll get the last box of tools (which was mostly “whatever was on the bench when the movers showed up in Minneapolis”) unpacked, and I can feel a little virtuous for a few minutes.

A guy can dream, right?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 03-09-2021 04:41 PM

great now your gonna get me hooked on carving too,wifes already complaining about all the lathe tools ive bought-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 03-09-2021 04:49 PM

Just doing my part to keep the economy going, Pottz. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 03-09-2021 05:42 PM

Looks handy Dave.

I never trust magnets to hold stuff straight up, always think I’ll knock everything off and stab myself.
I know I probably won’t with rare earth magnets, but things keep falling off the fridge, so…

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#7 posted 03-09-2021 05:58 PM

Agreed, Mike. But almost all of the weight of the tools is resting on the handles, which sit in recesses drilled with the 1” spoon bit. And the tools are angled very slightly back, as well.

They seem to hold well enough that I can hang the till on a cleat and take it down to use while carving without dislodging any tools. Time will tell, though.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 03-09-2021 06:32 PM

Nice and handy

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 03-09-2021 06:58 PM

Nice! If you don’t round them up they get away from you, at least mine do.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#10 posted 03-09-2021 07:12 PM

Nice work, handy case.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 03-09-2021 08:53 PM

Nice work Dave. You gotta keep those things corralled in something or they’re constantly in the way!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#12 posted 03-09-2021 10:15 PM

The magnets are a clever way to hold the chisels in place, saves all the time & effort of doing individual housings.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#13 posted 03-09-2021 10:37 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers.

Thanks, Hairy! Mine don’t get away, they just lurk on the bench, waiting to bite me.

Thanks, Tom!

Thanks, Kenny! I already had a case for most of my carving tools, but it had a lid so I was always setting stuff on it. And when I started lettercarving, I needed enough extra gouges that I figured a new case was in order.

Thanks, Peter! I saw someone else who had used magnets, and it seemed pretty clever to me, too. I’ve actually got the board that’s rabbeted into the back of the case that has magnets in it, and then another board glued on top of that (that you see) with magnets in THAT, because the initial board was too far back when I drilled the holes nearer the front than the back on the bottom. Oops! But it looks like I meant to do that now. Don’t tell anyone! ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 03-10-2021 12:48 AM

Great project, even better using scrap wood.

Pottz, it’s always good to go out and get new tools, expanding your knowledge and experience is the way I think about it.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#15 posted 03-10-2021 03:01 AM

Thanks, Eric!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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