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Dave's Workshop #20: No more piles O' files

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 02-16-2017 01:14 AM 369 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since I recently went to the trouble to put handles on my collection of chisels, I decided to also make them more accessible. They used to be kept inside the cabinet shown. The smaller ones were in a lazy Susan that I inherited from my dad, while the longer ones just sat in a pile on a shelf. I made these racks out of scrap wood and mounted them on the outside of the door of the cabinet. While I was at it, I took my rack of ‘good’ chisels* and mounted it on the outside on the other door. The racks are made such that the chisels and the files do not fall off when the doors are opened or closed, but the tools are more readily accessible.

In organizing these, I discovered that I have only two identical files, but I think they were made decades apart. One is a Craftsman and the other is a Heller Bros.

  • N.B. the chisels that I re-handled a short time ago are pat of my lutherie tool set and now live in a tool roll.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 02-16-2017 02:04 PM

Good job, Dave. I used to keep all of my tools in a chest. I now have everything visible in an open wall cabinet in one corner of the shop … I’m now using tools I didn’t know I had! Oh yeah, good job on the handles!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#2 posted 02-16-2017 04:02 PM

It’s amazing how much a tool gets used when it’s seen and available. I can’t tell you how many times I opened those cabinet doors for either a chisel or file.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 02-16-2017 04:19 PM

Yeah … and having all of your tools visible keeps you from being lazy and just going ahead and using that 3/8” mortise chisel to open that can of stain … LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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