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Project by kiefer posted 10-12-2014 09:14 PM 3347 views 20 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am working on a project for myself and had my sweetheart chisels out laying on the bench in the leather roll that came with it and thought I better make these sweeties a rack so they will be handy and get used a little more .
It’s a simple rack made from jatoba ,magnets from a computer hard drive and some leather strips for covering the magnets .
I started with a strip of jatoba and drilled eight cup shaped holes for the butt ends to sit in using a modified spade bit and then made the upper part from another strip of jatoba .(see picture 4 and 5)
The strip has a dado cut into it to fit the magnets and leather strip which are glued in place with CA glue and then added spacer blockswhich are bevel cut on each end for each chisel location to keep the chisels from touching each other and are easy to insert .
I assembled the rack laying flat on the bench and mounted it with four screws when done . (see picture 3 )
A quick and easy project and now I have these chisels handy and well held in place with the magnets but easy to remove and put back into the proper location .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 10-12-2014 09:24 PM

Great idea for your chisels…it sure looks better than the pegboard stuff I use for my chisels

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#2 posted 10-12-2014 09:45 PM

Nice rack, Klaus!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-12-2014 10:21 PM

Ha! – Jim stole my line, yeah… nice rack!!! But aren’t those chisels nice,?? I love mine.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#4 posted 10-12-2014 10:42 PM

Great idea, yup love them Chisels. got to make a rack for mine but think I will make it moveable, really like the magnet idea. After I talked to you I went home and took apart an old Hard drive that was laying around and was surprised at how strong the magnets are!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 10-12-2014 11:52 PM

Elegant, and you can’t put a chisel in the wrong slot.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 10-12-2014 11:53 PM

Very nice Klaus. I wish I had wall space to hang more tools. Never knew a hard drive had magnets in them. Learned something new.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 10-13-2014 12:07 AM

Great job buddy.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 10-13-2014 12:08 AM

A new home for your very good looking chisels! Excellent idea Klaus!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 10-13-2014 12:24 AM

Great organization and storage solution—I particularly like your idea of using leather to cover the magnets.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#10 posted 10-13-2014 01:45 AM

Great chisel rack., As it happens I’m working on a chisel box today as well, but I want mine moveable. I saw a great design on LJs made by Doug and its based on plans in Shop Notes issue 37.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 10-13-2014 01:47 AM

Thanks guys for your comments !
This rack is working great and gets them chisels out and also of the bench .
The magnets keep them nicely in place between the blocks and they are easy put back and kept in order.
Computer hard drives are a treasure trove for all kinds of precision parts that can be used for jigs ETC and can be had for nothing , just ask around and it’s better than throwing them in the dump .
Just be cautious and know what you are dealing with as some stuff can be dangerous to handle .


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 10-13-2014 03:00 AM

very clever Klaus,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 10-13-2014 03:28 AM

You are right they are nice chisels and I love them !
Now about the RACK ….....


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 10-13-2014 06:23 AM

Your sweethearts have a great rack Klaus.
They look like nice chisels too.
I have some new Two Cherries chisels. They’re nice too but they’ve got no rack at all. :-(

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#15 posted 10-13-2014 09:31 AM

Nice Klaus. I like the magnet idea. I made some racks that are fastened to the wall behind my work bench, but with my new wider bench they are a little hard to reach. That and the fact that the wood must have been a bit wetter than I thought and the rack openings have shrunk down making them a little too tight for my chisels, screw drivers, etc. They still work, but not as well. Maybe I will copy your design on some new ones. That is a nice set of chisels you have there. I like the shape of the handles and the sockets.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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