DIY Waxed Canvas Tool Roll

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Blog series by DylanC updated 12-01-2016 05:02 AM 4 parts 5075 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Intro

11-28-2016 02:16 AM by DylanC | 2 comments »

This blog series is going to cover (hopefully) my entire process of making a waxed-canvas tool roll for my chisels. The whole thing started simply enough: I wanted a decent canvas tool roll to give my chisels a nice home, keep them organized, and protect them. It turned out to be a bit more complicated. For starters, good tool rolls are expensive. And second, if you want to make your own, what type of fabric should you use, where can you buy it, and should you apply any type of water-res...

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Part 2: Wax On...Wax Off, the Search for the Best Wax Recipe

11-28-2016 03:21 AM by DylanC | 4 comments »

I’ve always wanted a good tool roll for my chisels and another for my files and rasps, and I suppose one for my brace bits, and the list goes on. The ones I’m most familiar with are the waxed canvas types that we have in the Army. Even today, when synthetic materials are so widely used, the tool bags used for most Army equipment (trucks, HMMWVs, etc.) are still made of waxed canvas. This stuff is really tough and water/soil resistant. So when I went shopping for tool rolls, I ...

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Part 3: Are All Waxes Created Equal?

11-28-2016 03:53 AM by DylanC | 1 comment »

Based on my initial observations of my finished wax mixtures, I believe there are at least some cosmetic differences between the use of paraffin and beeswax for this type of project. I’ll start with the two 2:1:1 mixtures (wax:BLO:MS), one using paraffin and the other beeswax as the wax base. The paraffin was some Gulf Wax (household canning wax, ~$4 for a 1 lb. box) that I found in the cupboard. The beeswax came from Hobby Lobby (the white variety, $7.50 per pound after a 50% off ...

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Part 4: Getting the Canvas Ready

12-01-2016 05:02 AM by DylanC | 2 comments »

With my wax recipes prepared, I turned my attention to testing them out on some canvas. Somewhere I had read that the easiest place to get inexpensive canvas wasn’t at the fabric store, it was in the paint department at your local home improvement store. So I took a trip to the nearest big orange box and picked up a “heavy duty” 6’ x 9’ 10 oz. canvas drop cloth for $14. It’ll work for testing, but it feels a little bit lighter than what I am thinking the...

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