Around the Shop #2: Mortise Chisel Rack

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 01-17-2013 06:23 PM 2540 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a short and quick project using some scraps I had to make a rack for my mortise chisels. I was cleaning up the shop, and got to these, which were just sitting on the floor. I saw them and thought I should make a rack for them.

It was pretty simple, mostly poplar, with some oak dowel.

I don’t have pictures of the “stock prep” stage, but I started by cutting the two bottom pieces to the same size, as well as the two vertical pieces. Then I marked marked them to mortise the verticals into the feet.

To do this, I marked them, used a knife to make the cuts, and a chisel to pare to the knife line, and repeated until I had a decent starting point. Then I used the chisel to clear out a large amount of the waste, and finally the #71 to clean it up, and get consistent dept on both of them.

Yes, I didn’t go to the line, but that was just a layout line that was measured. what’s important is that it’s a tight fit to the vertical piece.

Then, for the top horizontal piece, I cut a narrower piece to length, then drilled and pegged it to the vertical pieces


I added dowels as cross pieces between the two feet, to keep them from bending towards each other (which they were trying to do)

Drilled the holes for the chisels to sit in, and there you have it. My mortise chisel rack.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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View Dan's profile


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#1 posted 01-17-2013 06:29 PM

That looks like one solid chisel rack.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 06:34 PM

Nice work Mos.

I just learned while making a rack/shelf for my squares that those shallow dados are not as easy to make pretty as it would seem.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 06:44 PM

Nice. Whats up with that vintage scroll saw in the back?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 07:35 PM

Thanks Dan, it works pretty well, though it requires flat space to sit on…

Thanks Tony. They were a little more challenging than I thought they would be, but the #71 made it way easier. I don’t know that I would do them with out one…

Thanks Mauricio. The vintage scroll saw was something I had picked up for relatively cheap ($30) a while ago. I haven’t gotten around to doing anything with it yet, though. It needs a little repair work, but I hope to some day get a treadle belt system set up to use with it (and possibly other things down the road). Been looking at treadle sewing machine bases to start with. Too many other things going on still, though lol.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 10:16 PM

Looks cool! And now I have chisel envy.

-- Brian Timmons -

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