60 year old chisels. New walnut box.

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Project by LeTurbo posted 06-30-2015 09:34 PM 2914 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I inherited these Jernbolaget Swedish chisels from my Dad, who must have bought them in the 1950s or 60s. He hadn’t used them much, but now they’re my main go-to when I’m at work (besides the Marples “beater chisel” and a few fleamarket finds).

They were getting knocked about on the workbench, which is also about 70 years old and still (I’ll get around to fixing it) has protruding carriage bolts holding the top on. Of course, they’re always exactly where you put your chisel down…

I had a few pieces of walnut lying around. There’s a section at our lumberyard where they sell commercial rejects, so I probably paid about $7 for all of this. The sides are 300mm X 300mm, depth about 100mm.

The insides are kiaat. And yes, I messed up the dovetails a bit by forgetting the lip and changing my dimensions halfway through. But, at the end of the day, it’s just a storage box.

The chisels are looking a bit worse for wear right now. On a site job in a factory, I thought I’d found a safe place to store everything – and it turned out to be the one square foot where the roof leaked.

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#1 posted 06-30-2015 09:54 PM

LeTurbo, Good job on the photos. The walnut is beautiful. I like the internal design. The chisels are a treasure. I think I would include a piano hinge on the back, a secure fastener for the front, and a leather strap so you can carry it around if you are going to work on jobs away from your shop. I am not a fan of box joints, but they are sturdy. This is a fine, practical, and useful project. Keep the chisels nice and pass them on to another generation. Keep boxing and keep posting. Just a thought, but It might be simpler to put a new surface over the existing top on your bench.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 07-01-2015 12:12 PM

That’s a nice looking box for some very handsome chisels. I like the layout inside and the grain of the walnut on the top adds some nice character.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 07-01-2015 12:42 PM

very nice box. I especially like the inside dividers.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 07-01-2015 03:19 PM

Nice chisels and even nicer box. Looks exclusive; vintage Swedish tools in a nice package. Lovely!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#5 posted 07-01-2015 07:32 PM

Boxguy, you’re right about the finishing touches, They’ll make the box more usable. But I do avoid site work as much as possible; concentrating on more manageable furniture pieces here in the workshop where I know where everything is (even if it’s under a pile of shavings under a plank under a board under a half-made door). You’re also right about the workbench top – the cheap pine it’s made from is getting a bit fuzzy. It’s seen amazing things though: the toys my Dad invented, the plastics he experimented with in the 60s, electric motors he built, and model aeroplanes, a trainset, brass cars, engines he rebuilt … he really was an amazing tinkerer with a hugely enquiring mind.

HokieKen, Woodbridge, and kaerlighedsbamsen, thank you all for your comments! they’re much appreciated.

And thank you everyone, for having a look and getting this post in the Daily Top 3. I hope it inspires someone to make their own chisel box – they’re such exquisite instruments of our craft.

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#6 posted 07-01-2015 08:49 PM

Nicely done—particularly like your solution to dividing and keeping your chisels separate.

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

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#7 posted 07-02-2015 10:45 PM

Great job protecting those beauty’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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