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Over the past few weeks I built a till to hold all of my chisels and gouges, and here it is. It had a total of five rows of tools, and each tool sits in a one inch diameter hollow, with the sharp end of the tool held to the panel behind it by a 3mm x 6mm rare earth magnet.


Innermost storage of the chisel and gouge till



The back row (farthest inside) holds my bent gouges and spoon gouges. They’re not used very often, so hiding them deep inside is fine. Opposite them are straight gouges in higher curvatures. I use them pretty often, so this isn’t ideal, but I’ll get things sorted better over time.


Outside of the inner door of storage


On the outside of the inner door of the storage are the straight gouges and lesser curves. Also the V gouges are here, as I use them fairly often.

Inside left door



On the inside of the left door are my mortise chisels. Again, not frequently used, and probably these should move to the inside of the inner door.


Inside right door



On the inside of the right door, I have seldom-used chisels. These are spares, and again could move farther in.


Front doors of the chisel and gouge till



And finally the outsides of the doors hold the normal bench chisels which I use most often.



Construction of the carcasse is pine with Baltic birch panels.

Inside of the empty till with the inner door open


The inner door is white oak, also with a Baltic birch panel and is hung on a piano hinge.

View of the outer doors


The outer doors have decorative bits made from walnut and oak, partly to make the till a little prettier, but also so I could practice turning the decorative turnings and mitering the flat bits. Shop furniture is a great way to practice my skills.

The carcasse was built first, then sawed open to remove the doors. Then I drilled holes for the piano hinge for the inner door. I then sawed the two doors apart and aligned and mounted the piano hinges for the inner door, then the outer doors. I applied the trim, cleat on the back, and then coated everything with a coat of tung oil.

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Serious compact storage Dave, you have quite the collection. Which one do you use for paint cans? :)

Looks really functional, nice design and execution!
Are all the chisels in contact with the magnets? seems that would need to be "custom" for each one depending on their shape.
 

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It looks nice and that's exactly what I want! Yes, including the collection of the chisels, haha:) Great job!
 

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Thanks, Splint! I actually have a few dozen paint can / bottle openers, including some from Pittsburgh Paints which were made in the 1970s.


The magnets are at different heights in some of the rows, and generally the chisels or gouges are in contact with them. There are a few where I had to turn the tool to get it to stick to the magnet.

Thanks, YRTi. Buy a dozen a year for five years, and there you go! Heck, I’ve got one more ordered to fill a gap I noticed as I was putting them in their new home.
 

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Ahh, a vintage opener. You can tell by the beer cap end. New ones only have a pokey thing for a juice box, "they" don't want you consuming alcohol while operating a roller :D
 

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That is a nice piece of shop furniture Dave, very well crafted and thought out. You will like the fact that there are multiple doors packed into a little space. A great organization case. Well done.

I have a cabinet which has 2 doors, 1 in front of the other and they swing opposite. The panels are 2 layers of pegboard which keeps getting reorganized. I think I found the plans in a Woodsmith article.
 

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That might actually be a Made in China one from this century, Splint. I couldn’t find the Pittsburgh Paints one when I went looking, but the only way to tell the difference is the stamping on the side. I imagine the new ones are made of Chinesium, too.

Thanks, Eric! My sweetie asked about the decorative bits when I was gluing up the walnut and oak, and then really started shake her head when I turned it and sawed it in half to make the two side pieces, but I told her it’s practice for stuff I want to do for the house. Then she told me not to make anything for the house with the “sticky-up pokey bits” because she won’t dust those. Ok, hon.
 

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This is top level organization!!
 

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Clever solution on the multi-layer approach.
 

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Thanks, Swirt! When I started on this project, I measured the available wall space and looked at the number of gouges I have and I almost built a version with two inner doors. Then I realized it would mean pulling my old chisel till and gouge till off the wall, so I could go a little wider, which simplified things.
 

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Wow Dave that's some storage cabinet. Come and build me one will you. I like the inner and outer doors, more storage.
 

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Nicely done. Impressive that such diverse tools are held with relatively uniform magnets.
I assume this hangs on a wall?
 

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Thanks, Dave! Didn’t really take all that long. Pretty sure if I pulled it off, you can make one. A lot of the build time was thinking about how I’d make it work. And gluing the magnets into the quarter-inch holes with fish glue. And waiting for the glue that held the oak and walnut trim pieces together to dry.

Thanks, Jwoodcraft, it hangs on a French cleat. And yeah, all the magnets are the same, but the little rare earth magnets are pretty good. At least one of the smaller tools gets pulled up a little off the bottom board by the magnet.
 

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Good job of organizing, Dave..............Cheers, Jim
 

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Great organizer. I like your collection with the magnet Holders. Great idea!
 

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Thanks, Jim! Something needed to be done.

Thanks, AJ! I’ve tried putting chisels and gouges into storage with the pointy end down, and especially for socket chisels, I then end up grabbing the handle and leaving the useful bits behind. I haven’t found the flaw with this way yet.
 

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That's pretty impressive - both the case and the chisel collection.

If I could favorite it I would 😂
 

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Nice Dave
Handy to have everything in one place, mine are dotted around a bit.
I like the pokey bits.
I'm always worried that, if I use magnets to hold chisels in place, and open or close the door too fast I'll end up with flying chisels everywhere, so I tend to go with the hole in the top rack style

Although I do like the countersunk magnets for door latches, I was well impressed when I found them :)
 

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Thanks, Mike! I’ve not had a problem with the magnets letting go yet. I imagine I will at some point and I’ll end up revisiting things then, but not yet.

For door latches, I have used both 6mmx25mm rectangular magnets (1/4 x 1 inch) or pairs of smaller round magnets, but I haven’t used the countersunk ones yet. I just make an appropriately-sized hole or groove and plop the magnet in with a little fish glue. Have had no problems with that letting go when I don’t want it to, and I’ve been enjoying the fact that I can wet things down and try again should something go wrong (such as putting a magnet in wrong-way around).
 
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