Hand tool tips and tricks #3: When you don't have a place for chisels.

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 02-03-2013 06:10 PM 3623 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today is just a quick one. I thought I should start posting more of these little things as they come up.

For the most part I like to keep my chisels and auger bits in tool rolls. It keeps them safe and sharp, but as my collection grows I sometimes don’t have enough chisels to justify buying or making another roll. For this I venture to the scrap fabric section of my shop.

I pick out something like this.

And wrap my tools up as follows. Sorry for the blur on some of these…my lens was fogging up for some reason.

The flap in between the tools keeps everything protected and the tie keeps it all together. So next time you have a few spare tools you have yet to make a spot for, this is a quick way to keep the safe while you get that done.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 02-03-2013 06:14 PM

…the scrap fabic section of my shop

Hmmm – Why haven’t I got one of those?

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 02-03-2013 06:24 PM

Good to have. I have one of these that my wife sewed me for my carving tools. With some small alterations you can also make it so it can hang on a stand for keeping your chisels at hand while working.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 02-03-2013 06:45 PM

Simple is good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-03-2013 06:54 PM

If one has a way to do a little sewing, a nail apron can be adopted too. One can get a cloth nail apron for maybe $2 and sew it into pockets for each tool. It can then be rolled up, and the strings that used to tie it around a waist, will now tie it up into a roll.

ps; one can even dye the cloth into their favourite colours….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#5 posted 02-03-2013 07:28 PM

My brother-in-law gave our family a hugh box of leatherworking tools and equipment. About as far as I got in leatherworking was buying a leather shoulder from the Leather Factory ($20 bucks, good deal I thought) to make strops. I need to start small and learn more about crafting leather. It has so many uses in the shop. I really want to learn how to sew leather, not so much tooling leather. Old towels, tee-shirts, rugs I’ve picked from the curb, and a couple of items my wife donated make up the bulk of my “fabric section”. Hanging the pouch on a stand when using the tools is a great idea. Thanks.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#6 posted 02-03-2013 09:01 PM

Good to see you back and active. Good tip.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 02-03-2013 09:02 PM

yep, I need to figure out a better plan

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 02-04-2013 02:22 AM

Thanks, great idea.

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#9 posted 02-04-2013 04:02 AM

Great tips man, I look forward to future installments on this series.

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

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