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Project by FJPetruso posted 1431 days ago 6422 views 45 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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"





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Ripthorn

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#1 posted 1431 days ago

That is pretty slick. I’ll have to make myself one of those when I have more chisels, though I might make life simple and just do dados for the chisels (I did this for my quick and dirty file rack mounted to my workbench end) and chamfer the top edge.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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psh

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#2 posted 1431 days ago

Good job, I’m sure it will be useful.

-- Peter, Central VA

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Brandon

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#3 posted 1431 days ago

Great work! It’s an excellent way to display your chisels, not to mention it’s very functional.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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docholladay

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#4 posted 1431 days ago

Very cool. Chisel rack. Recently, I cut myself because I had my chisels stored in a homemade rack that I mounted on peg board. However, I did not have anything below to keep my hands from coming in contact with the business end of them. I as grabbing a square that was hung below the chisels one day and raked the back of my hand across one of my very sharp chisel blades. Ouch! I like your solution to keep the business end out of harms way when not in use.

I have some of these chisels (I only have the 4 chisel set). I liked the chisels fine – once I got them sharpened. It took a bit to get the backs flat on mine. However, I never liked the plastic handles. I decided to remove the plastic handles and I turned my own from some rosewood that I had. They turned out great and I really like the feel of the rosewood in my hands.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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sharad

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#5 posted 1431 days ago

Very nice chisel rack. It not only protects you from accidental injury but protects the sharp chisels from getting damaged.

Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1431 days ago

niiice solution, and the day you make an on job toolbox
you only need to make two hooks you can plant this in
and the feet will rest against the wall

well done
Dennis

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1404 days ago

I love that chisel rack.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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whitewulf

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#8 posted 761 days ago

Only thing I would add is a handle.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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bobasaurus

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#9 posted 756 days ago

This is a great looking chisel stand. I’ll have to make one myself.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Engraver

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#10 posted 33 days ago

Beautifully done. I’m looking for someone to build a similar rack for my engraving tools.

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whitewulf

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#11 posted 31 days ago

Templates, we don’t need no st…..g templates!...

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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