Wall Hanging Chisel Rack

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Project by Jim posted 08-17-2014 06:25 AM 3497 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got tired of having my nice chisels all banging around in a box. I decided it was time to make a nice wall mount rack for them. This project was made with some scrap maple I had left over from another project. It was finished with 2 coats of shellac. I wasn’t too fussy about the final finish because it’s a shop project, so no french polish shellac to a high gloss. It has a 1/4” french cleat on the back that will mount it onto the wall.

Most the chisels fit in a 1” diameter hole which is exactly the size to hold the chisel ferrule. To accommodate the chisels that have a larger blade, I chiseled out a slot as shown in the drawing above. The width of the slot was adjusted to accommodate each individual chisel, the drawing shown is for the 2” chisel. You can see the slot on the last photo for the 3 larger chisels. The 4th chisel also needed a slot but it’s so small the handle covers it.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#1 posted 08-17-2014 08:28 AM

Nice and neat,i like it!wish my workspace was more organised!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#2 posted 08-17-2014 05:01 PM

Very nice Jim. How do you like the Narex chisels?

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-17-2014 05:23 PM

Very nice chisel rack. now to hang it, French cleat or screw it to the studs??
Good strong joinery, and a bit of show off … love it.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 08-17-2014 05:53 PM

Mike – A thin 1/4” french cleat is used for mounting.

Mark – The Narex Chisels are good but if I were to do it again, I would go with Veritas chisels. I’m not crazy about the microscopically concave back, I know it’s supposed to make flattening the back easier but I prefer a traditional flat back. The chisels themselves sharpen well and hold an edge reasonably well. These are a vast improvement from my previous Mastercraft chisels. I like the feel of the generously sized wooden handles.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#5 posted 08-17-2014 06:03 PM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 08-17-2014 09:43 PM

Nice job, what’s chances of posting a picture without the chisels in the rack so I can see how you handled the different sized openings. You did an excellent job of masking that detail.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#7 posted 08-17-2014 10:27 PM

Bob it was really simple, most of the holes are simply 1” holes which accommodates all but 3 of the largest chisels. For these I chiseled a slot large enough to accommodate the larger chisel blade. Basically a slot with a 1” hole in the centre. Here is a drawing of the largest to accommodate the 2” chisel.

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#8 posted 08-17-2014 11:30 PM

Thank you Jim

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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#9 posted 08-18-2014 01:40 AM

great project. My chisels are still banging around in a drawer. I have not pulled the trigger on a good set of chisels yet , but when I do I will certainly have too build a proper case for them like the one you have built.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 08-18-2014 05:44 AM

I need to make something like this. I have a tool roll that I keep mine in but I have lifted it the wrong way and had them fall out, luckily I haven’t broken a bevel yet and I still have all my toes

-- Dave, from ND "The mind is an infinitely long workbench, and its cluttered with half-finished thoughts and ideas, sometimes we need to clear off the workbench and start again from step one."

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#11 posted 08-19-2014 05:48 AM

thanks for adding the diagram… I had looked at this post a few days ago and assumed this is what you had done but glad you added more information to this post it was very helpful in clarifying your nice build

my narex chisels are currently hanging on the shop wall to rare earth magnets I hot glued to the wall so a similar build will be in my future

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