Chisel Rack

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Project by Tedstor posted 07-09-2011 11:07 PM 7370 views 14 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got an 8pc set of Marples chisels off Ebay several weeks back. They were “new-old stock” from the days before Irwin bought the name and arrived in nearly flawless condition. However, despite the fact they came with slip-on chisel tip guards, I noticed they were quickly accumulating some noticable “shop wear” just from being stored loosely in a drawer together. I also have no doubt that I’ll manage to loose the tip guards in the very near future.
The easiest and cheapest solution seemed to be a wall-mounted rack. I (loosely) followed a PopWW plan ( i think by Schwarz).
Pretty simple. A 6×20ish board, followed by gluing the appropriate number of 1/4” thick spacers, followed by 2×20 board glued to the spacers. I then made the bottom/stop by cutting a 3/8” rabbet into another 2×20 board. The larger chisels were slightly thicker than 1/4’, so a bit of chiseling was required to make them fit.
All measurements are approximations from my lousy memory. I used an Ikea “beeswax” finish that I got at a yard sale. Seems to have worked out. I wouldn’t use it on fine furniture, but looks to be a suitable product for projects like this. Easy to apply with no harsh smell.
I like projects like this, since the demensions and asthetics are not critical, and the materials consist of scrap. It gave me the opportunity to practice handsawing, and to experiment with a different finish without worrying too much about the outcome. The name of the game here was to simply produce a usable chisel holder, not necessarily a work of art.
Anyway, all thats left is to make and attach a french cleat once I decide where to mount it on the wall.

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 02:47 AM

Nice chisel rack.

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 03:39 AM

Good job. I’d have it !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 10-22-2013 12:20 PM

Nice rack. That will keep them form being lost in the shop! I love organizational projects. They make it so much easier to find tool for the next job when they are in a standard place.

thanks for sharing, Ted!.........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 01-22-2015 08:35 PM

This is a great solution. Thanks for sharing,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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