|Project by FJPetruso||posted 09-20-2010 03:05 AM||11696 views||54 times favorited||11 comments|
I recently completed my set of Irwin Marples chisels & decided to make a rack to hold them at the ready on my bench. While waiting to complete the set of ten chisels, I was checking out various plans & designs in magazines & such. The plan that I chose was in the March 2010 issue of Better Homes & Gardens, Wood Magazine. The photo in the magazine looked as though they used Cherry for their chisel rack & since I still have some left I chose to use cherry. I followed the easy directions & used the full size end pattern that was included in the magazine to help make the ends of the rack. As shown in the second photo, I made & used a home-made square to mark the cut-outs for the top bar of the rack. I spaced out & marked the holes for my chisels & drilled the holes. Then using the home made square, with a 7/16 inch wide blade to center in the holes & mark the cut-out lines for the slots. I made a wide chamfer around the chisel openings & along the length of the upper beam to allow the necks to slide into the slots. I also made the chamfer where the chisels drop between the lower beams wider to make inserting the chisels easier. The rack in the magazine has plugged holes for the screws, I chose to just use a simple counter sink so I can easily tighten up the screws should they come loose. Finally I finished the rack with Golden Oak color Danish Oil. The finish came out remarkably similar to the photo in the magazine. The only change that I would make (& am going to make) is to turn some dowels of cherry & make 3/4” long sleeves to space out & help keep the two lower beams (or blade guards) aligned. This would help keep them from rotating during or after assembley & make assembley easier & the rack less likely to loosen from use.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"