Chisel Rack #2: The rack

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Blog entry by lysdexic posted 05-07-2013 02:26 AM 3149 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Creating the rack was simple enough. The holes are 1/2” drilled at the drill press. The larger sizes obviously wont go through this hole and required a channel for egress.

What I did struggle with was creating cheeks with only about a 1/32” shoulder.

This is the technique that worked best. I put the piece into the moxon vice and ensured that it was square to the top surface and then used a rabbet block plane.


Next I turned my attention to the through tenons. After careful layout I drilled half way with a 3/8” bit and squared it off with a 3/8” chisel. I tried to not under cut but I knew I would. Also, I knew that I would have some trouble when I tapered the posts but I didn’t know how much.

-- I love Jeeps

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#1 posted 05-07-2013 02:29 AM

Good pics. You are building four of these right?

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 03:45 AM

Great use of the rabbeting block. Its looking good!

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

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#3 posted 05-07-2013 04:15 AM

It’s neat to see your bench put to work! The moxon vice looks versatile for your hand work.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#4 posted 05-07-2013 11:25 AM

as usual Scott, your workmanship is exquisite.

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#5 posted 05-07-2013 11:30 AM

The chisel roll sure seems easier. :-)

Nice work, such precision. A man of science at work!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 05-07-2013 01:28 PM

Brilliant pictures and that Al mallet is fantastic.

What is going on with that chisel’s handle on your moxon vice?

The rack is looking great Scott.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 05-07-2013 01:44 PM

Yeah T, the Bertha beater is a wonderful mallet. It has the perfect wieght for a project on this scale.

That chisel is a CE Jennings that was in a box lot of rasps that I picked up at a auction a while back. The handle is the one that was on it. It works. I kind of screwed it up a little. When a flattened the back I was a bit over zealous getting some pitting out. Now it has slight 2” long “back” bevel. It is very slight but the back is not dead flat throughout its length.

Now I put a 25 degree bevel on it and use it fpr paring.

-- I love Jeeps

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#8 posted 05-08-2013 12:28 PM

looking good!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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