Chisel Rack

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Project by MC Creations posted 1449 days ago 2928 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,,

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#1 posted 1449 days ago

wonderfull design…a good safe way to hold would easily fit into a nice tool box.. well done.. whats next..:)

-- jjempson

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#2 posted 1449 days ago

I have the same chisel set, nice idea! thanks!

-- GX

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#3 posted 1449 days ago

That is a great design, I think I shall be stealing it for my shop with you permission of course.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#4 posted 1449 days ago

Great rack!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 1448 days ago

Nice design and finish…well done.

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#6 posted 1448 days ago

I have been trying to come up with a good safe way to hold my chisels.. this may just help. Thanks for posting.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 1448 days ago

How stable is the rack? My luck I would knock it over and have to re-grind them all!

-- -Willing to try

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MC Creations

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#8 posted 1448 days ago

Thanks everyone! By all means feel free to use the design. If you come up with something better though, just make sure you post the pics….

It is very stable. the base is 3” wide which does pretty well. But because all the weight is on the iron side of the chisels, the center of gravity is pretty low anyway. With all the chisels loaded up t is pretty hefty. I’ve bumped it many times and it slides before it tips.

Just in case though, I imagine they base could be easily screwed or clamped to any surface which would ensure it wouldn’t go anywhere.

-- MC Creations,,

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#9 posted 1448 days ago

Good idea, I’m in the chorus of got that set of chisels too.
I’m also one of those who does still have all the plastic end covers. I have them because the chisels stay in a job site traveling box.
I like the idea, clean lines and classic look. Thanks for posting.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Kent Shepherd

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#10 posted 1448 days ago

Great job on the chisel rack


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#11 posted 1105 days ago

Nice looking chisel rack.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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