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.
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