|Project by MC Creations||posted 09-03-2010 10:33 PM||3932 views||12 times favorited||11 comments|
So we all know that keeping chisels sharp and protected is a top priority. I don’t mind honing them from time to time, but nothing bugs me more than having to re-grind them too. So I’d seen dozens of generic chisel racks that leave the blade ends dangling perilously near each other. I don’t know about everyone else, but I lost those plastic caps that came with my chisels after only a few uses (dropped in the garbage, fell behind the bench, or sucked up in the shop vac with the piles of shavings).
So I had a ton of leftover walnut strips 3/4” x 1/2” x 2-4’ from some picture frames I made. And I also thought it would be a good opportunity to make something with ONLY hand tools for a change. This is what I came up with. A simple, low profile, chisel rack with independent slots for each chisel. All I have to do is drop in the chisel into the smallest hole it fits in and the blades are all protected. They actually rest on the handles and there is a small gap below the blade and the base (not that it would matter with walnut).
The design is very simple with just butt joints holding it all together. I thought this would be fine since it really doesn’t need to carry much of a load. The base is just wide enough to keep it stable and adds a nice elegance to the piece, at least for a tool holder. The chamfer was a great lesson. I chamfer most edges on my projects but none were this wide. It’s challenging to get them to line up just right with only hand planes. I used a mini smoothing plane (pictured with the chisels in disarray), which I must say is one of my favorite tools to use.
All in all, I’m very happy with this shop fixture.
-- MC Creations, www.creationsbymc.com, www.beer-claw.com