Tool rack

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Project by olivine posted 10-10-2014 12:18 PM 2045 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In one of Chris Schwartz’s books a he relays a comment attributed to Bob Lang, effectively saying what’s the point of doors on a TV cabinet if the TV is always on. I got the point. While I wanted to build a nice tool cabinet ala Greg Gochnour, I couldn’t rationalize it since I always kept my previous cabinet open. Also with limited funds (I spent my wad on great tools) I decided to make a buy a few small boards of meranti and make a wall mounted rack instead.

There are two shelves for planes and two racks for tools to slip in. I originally made the storage unit with one rack, but ran out of space as I added a few Lie-Nielsen chisels and a few more carving tools to my collection.

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 12:22 PM

What a great Idea! Great collection you have started there!
You should reward your self with another tool for doing such a great job on this project!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 12:28 PM

Display looks like it would be at home in a living room as much as a workshop, nice work

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 12:47 PM

Nice organized.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 01:01 PM

Very nice!

While I’d love to make an open rack for my tools like this, the humidity of where I live causes lots of steel cancer so I try to keep mine in a cabinet with silicate bags.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 01:18 PM

I liked how you did the step down feature in the chisel holes. Nice solid construction, definitely needed for those hefty planes, “insert jealousy here”. After spending a pretty penny at Nielsen I hope you got a free tshirt too, lol.

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#6 posted 10-11-2014 12:32 AM

I like that. I hear you about never closing any doors. I leave doors open all over the place, so what’s the point of having them?

Looks more like a nice bookshelf than a tool rack. Very well done!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 10-11-2014 04:39 AM

Thanks for the encouraging comments.

Regarding the step down holes. Some years ago I made a wall cabinet that didn’t have the step down holes and my narrow chisels and gauges would fall out (totally unacceptable). And luckily I live in Adelaide, Australia where humidity is pretty low most of the year and salt isn’t a big problem.

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