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In finishing up the slant cabinet for the stand to my bench top mortiser, I decided to try my hand at a drawer organizer for the chisels. This is the result.

This project turned out okay, with only one change I'll make in future organizers. The cross pieces need to be dadoed on the top instead of the bottom so the dividers are smooth over the entire top surface. I haven't decided whether the dividers should be eliminated since the cross pieces are fitted to the chisels.

The main thing I learned and want to share is that the new Byrd Shelix head I installed on my 1996 PM15 planer back in June worked flawlessly. I was able to plane some hard maple divider material down to a uniform 3/16" thickness with no trouble. I used hard maple stock that was planed to a uniform 9/64" for these organizers. The finished surfaces were super smooth, like they had been planed by hand. I felt I needed to sand the surfaces with 220 grit before finishing them.

The other improvement I made to my PM15 in June was to install a Wixey Digital Planer gauge. This gauge is dead on accurate and makes planning to a specified thickness exact and a pure pleasure, compared to my previous hit and miss experience.

As always, comments (good, bad, critical or whatever) are greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking.

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Excellent way to store your bits.
 

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It's pretty. I would agree with you that the middle (vertical) cross pieces could be eliminated. That would make retrieving small things that fall in between the vertical dividers easier. I like the use of magnets.
 

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I admire your organizational skills John and I am happy that you made room in your busy schedule to get in some shop time. Your mortise chisel drawer build is top notch and showcases your woodworking skills. I am with tyvekboy, the center divider could be eliminated without detriment to the stability of your chisels.
 

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Great looking piece of shop furniture! Well done John.
 

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Looks good John. I wish I was half as organized as you are. Great wood choice too!
 

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Beautiful job. It almost looks gift packaged and ready to sell. Super work John.
 

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great job and excellent design. I think the dividers are fine the way they look. Are they necessary? Maybe not but sometimes look needs to override function.
 

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Awesome job buddy. Love it. A PM 15 is def on my wish list. Thanks for sharing, and your craftsmanship on ALL of your projects just blows me away.
 

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Looks great. Much safer than the "daggers up" orientation of my delta mortiser.
I like the construction details, it could be a jewelry box!
 

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Thanks every one for looking and for your comments, especially your thoughts on eliminating the vertical dividers.
 

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That is a great way to store the morticing tools! Very handy and out of harms way.!
 

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Great idea… Might have to barrow this one, thx for sharing.
 

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Stellar job on the chisel holder, John…..Looks like a good project…..unusal, that's for sure…..That should keep the mortiseing tools from banging around…....I like it….....!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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As always John, flawless and attractive work and I'm pleased to read you are having fun and great results from the planer head improvements.
 

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Thats very nice. I really appreciate going the extra mile for something that some people might see as mundane. These are not cheap bits, and deserve the time and skill you put into this storage for them. Very nice!!
 

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Good afternoon. What is it? tell and explain to me how it works?? Good luck. The answer is sent the letter. I will be very grateful.
 
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