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Forum topic by Clarkie posted 10-09-2019 12:42 AM 638 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2019 12:42 AM

I am going to design a cabinet to hold some of my chisel collection, and began wondering if anyone had ever seen a cabinet just for chisel collections. As of now I am thinking of a free standing cabinet, top 36 inches just for display of slicks. Under this section I am going to have 7 drawers containing carving chisels and firming chisels. I have only seen one set of drawers for chisels, actually it was for blueprints and was being substituted as a chisel chest. Anyway, just thought I’d throw the idea out there as I haven’t seen any in any of the shops I have seen. Thanks for ideas and sites if there are any, God bless, Clarkie.

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#1 posted 10-09-2019 01:08 AM

Sound like a great idea. But I’m confused are you asking for plans for a cabinet to hold your chisels.
Because I just don’t see how’s that’s possible.
How would anyone but you know what chisels you have?..

I like the idea because I have my chisels in three different areas.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 10-09-2019 01:17 AM

I made a chisel cabinet out of some reclaimed mahogany from the 1800’s. Just like my barn and my workshop, it’s now too small. Looks good though. Holds 8 chisels, which would have been fine if I had quit buying chisels.

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#3 posted 10-09-2019 01:37 AM

Hello Aj, I’m not looking for any plans as you said only I know what chisels will go in the cabinet. Just found it interesting if anyone had pictures of, or knew of any shop pictures with such a cabinet of sorts. You know, like seeing pictures of old work benches, or planes, etc. Thanks for responding.

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#4 posted 10-09-2019 01:41 AM

Hello Kirk, I fully understand as I started collecting chisels when everyone else was going crazy for planes. I also have smaller cabinets made that house both chisels and block planes. Just thought it could be a new venture to find chisel cabinets, or pics of old shop cabinets. Thanks for responding, Clarkie.

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#5 posted 10-09-2019 02:21 AM

Ok cool I see now. Be sure to share your project when it’s done. :)
I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this already.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#6 posted 10-09-2019 02:52 AM

I have often thought about it. I was leening on a draw for each size with room for more, then I found that I always grabe the same ones over and over again. So I have thought about a glass enclosure for each brand so as to display them. But I am realistic and know that they will stay piled up in the large 24” x 36” x 12” deep dark cave draw that they now reside in. I joked with the x wife that when I died to burn me to ashes, throw me out the window going down the highway at 90 but give my tools a nice funeral.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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#7 posted 10-09-2019 02:52 AM

Have a look through the image results here for inspiration
Ugh sorry you’ll have to copy and paste this, run a Google image search- there’s a space between projects and chisels so I can’t link it
“ chisels”

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#8 posted 10-09-2019 04:17 AM

I’ve seen a few. When i was looking I was going to follow Guys woodshop video because its pretty detailed. But I ultimately went with the Pekovich hand tool cabinet as i am trying to thin my tools to what i actually need.

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#9 posted 10-09-2019 03:12 PM

I don’t quite understand your objective. Most craftsmen would display to results of their work with tools rather than the tools. It’s like a portrait painter displaying his brushes rather than the portraits.

If, on the other hand, you are a collector, and you’re displaying your collection. . .

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#10 posted 10-09-2019 03:47 PM

Hello Phil, thanks for your input. I find that at this point in a long journey with woodworking, I appreciate the tools and allow my work to speak for itself. The chisels are from all the years of both using and collecting, and I know now more than ever these quality tools will not be equaled in todays market. So, with that in mind I started to think why there were really no artisan cabinets around that were specifically purposed to hold chisel collections. I’m not interested so much in just having a place to hold or store my work chisels, but more interested if you guys have run across any interesting cabinets. Have fun, make some dust, Clarkie.

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#11 posted 10-09-2019 05:54 PM

here is something jim jakosh just posted recently,this could be incorporated into a cabinet and expanded upon.just something get ideas flowing.Click for details

-- 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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#12 posted 10-09-2019 06:43 PM

I have mine like Jim Jakosh’s nice chisel rack.
Wall mounted works better for me.

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#13 posted 10-09-2019 07:12 PM

I made something similar for the set of chisels that live on my bench:

My wall space is limited so cabinets aren’t usually on the menu for me…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#14 posted 10-09-2019 07:18 PM

I love the cabinet but I would probably leave the doors open and block what is behind anyway. I think I will start with some French cleat racks the I can move/add to until I make up my mind.

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#15 posted 10-09-2019 08:04 PM

I made a sliding top box for my few chisels.

I don’t want to say I hate it, beats the hell out of having them rolling about loose in the bottom of the box banging edges on everything, but I know I’d be much happier with a roll. It’s in the plan.

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