Super-Easy Chisel Rack

  • Advertise with us
Project by Brian S posted 12-11-2011 12:08 AM 4771 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was getting extremely sick of having all of my chisels in a drawer, out of the way, so I built this very easy chisel rack to house them. It’s just scrap pine, although I did dovetail the corners together, for some dovetail practice. A quick project, but good practice all around, and very useful.

It can stand on the bench on it’s own, but it usually resides just behind me on an attached french cleat. There’s even room for more chisels, should I get some in the future. Thanks for looking!

-- Brian

11 comments so far

View jaykaypur's profile


4017 posts in 2921 days

#1 posted 12-11-2011 12:13 AM

Nice idea.

Compact and easily accessible.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

View exelectrician's profile


2339 posts in 2941 days

#2 posted 12-11-2011 04:07 AM

This one I really like – favourite!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 4186 days

#3 posted 12-11-2011 04:19 AM

Nice chisel rack!

View Poisson's profile


51 posts in 3536 days

#4 posted 12-11-2011 11:57 AM

It’s pefect with French cleat. Nice job.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

View Smitty_Cabinetshop's profile


16194 posts in 3132 days

#5 posted 12-11-2011 09:38 PM

Sweet and simple- a fine build!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

View hhhopks's profile


659 posts in 2891 days

#6 posted 12-16-2011 05:34 AM

Looks great!
I could of use the French cleat idea.
I have tapper holes for the socket chisels.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

View Roger's profile


21011 posts in 3317 days

#7 posted 01-05-2012 03:40 PM

gr8 way to recycle some o those cutoffs and to practice some joinery methods. handy dandy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

View Steve Rathke's profile

Steve Rathke

27 posts in 4226 days

#8 posted 01-10-2012 06:46 AM

what size hole did you settle on drilling for the rack?

View Brian S's profile

Brian S

108 posts in 3107 days

#9 posted 01-10-2012 07:36 AM

I don’t remember, but I know that I used two different sizes. Some of my smaller chisels have a smaller ferrule, so they got a smaller hole.

I just measured the ferrule for each chisel with calipers, then drilled the hole to be the next largest size drill bit I happen to have. If I had to guess, I’d say I used a 5/8” and a 3/4” bit.

-- Brian

View Mitch Neal's profile

Mitch Neal

19 posts in 3641 days

#10 posted 02-04-2012 11:14 PM

Just what I was looking for. BTW I just bought a set of the NAREX chisels from Lee Valley, that why Im building my rack. How are yours working out?

-- Its not your goal, its the path you take to achieve that goal that matters.

View Brian S's profile

Brian S

108 posts in 3107 days

#11 posted 02-06-2012 08:43 PM

I really like my Narex chisels. They seem to hold an edge well, they feel good in the hand, they can take a beating (though they are a bit young still to be making such judgements). The only real problem with them is that the backs are not very flat. I spent a few hours flattening the set, though, and now it isn’t a problem. The hours (and sandpaper) spent flattening were well worth it, in my opinion.

I hope you like yours, too.

-- Brian

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics