Chisel Box

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Project by Woodbridge posted 10-19-2014 11:56 PM 13889 views 50 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I attended a woodworking conference a couple of weekends ago and in a moment of weakness when visiting the vendor area bought a set of bench chisels. One can only walk through a room full of tool vendors for so long without having to buy something.

I decided to make a chisel box to store my new chisels. That way they won’t rattle around in the tool chest drawer with my other less pedigreed chisels. I also decided to make a similar box for my set of mortise chisels.

A quick internet search led to a chisel box design posted on Lumber Jocks in 2013. It was based on a a design from Shop Notes Issue 37 pages 6 – 11. The box features a tilting rack that allows you to access the chisels when the box is hung vertically or used horizontally on the bench top.

For the most part to box is made from scraps. The sides are made from 1/8” thick spalted maple veneer laminated to a maple base (made from reused maple hardwood flooring). The lid is a Koa veneer over a poplar base. The box is trimmed with ebony.

The box is 14” long x 10.5” wide x 3” tall. It is finished with shellac.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 10-20-2014 12:11 AM

Nice execution of a clever design. You wood choices really make it a standout piece of work.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 10-20-2014 12:26 AM


Nice scraps! And put together very nicely! Don’t think it would look the same from my scraps of pine and fir LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 10-20-2014 12:30 AM

Lucky chisels

-- CC, Richmond Hill, Ontario

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#4 posted 10-20-2014 12:57 AM

what a beautiful box for the home of your chisels, so very functional, and the chisels dont look to bad either…lol..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 10-20-2014 01:23 AM

Very nice !!! But don’t limit yourself. Maybe you should pitch it to Cigar Aficionado.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#6 posted 10-20-2014 02:23 AM

What a great way to protect and display your new chisels.
Awesome job! Thanks for sharing!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#7 posted 10-20-2014 02:40 AM

I like it. I really need to make one. First Klaus, now you ….. I’m being shamed into it….. :-)
This is a very elegant design and would suit my work style.

Thanks for posting

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

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#8 posted 10-20-2014 02:47 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments. I liked the versatility of the design in that it can be wall mounted with the addition of a French cleat or used on the bench.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 10-20-2014 03:18 AM

A very clever and well thought out design, and beautiful job you did of it, well done!
Maple flooring underneath, nice re-use of a great wood.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 10-20-2014 08:15 AM

Goes to “My Favorite” as well as the first one. Great job!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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#11 posted 10-20-2014 08:15 AM

Great versatile design and beautifully made. I would like something like this myself.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 10-20-2014 02:29 PM

Great design and well done. Just beautiful ! Thanks for posting such nice piece.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#13 posted 10-20-2014 05:41 PM

gonna have to remake my chisel box. great post.

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#14 posted 10-21-2014 02:12 PM

Nice and safe home for those beautys .
I like the idea of how you reused the material on hand ,turned out very well .


-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 10-21-2014 11:08 PM

great project, very elegant !

thanks for sharing

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