|Project by swirt||posted 01-19-2011 06:43 AM||3821 views||8 times favorited||21 comments|
My requirements for the chisel holder were that it had to:
1) Protect my chisels from each other
2)protect me from my chisels
3) Hang on a wall
4) Stand solidly on the bench top
5) be small enough to fit in a tote
6) Allow easy access to removing and returning the chisels
Most of the chisel holders I have seen leave the tips of the chisels exposed. I am clumsy enough that I recognize that would be an accident waiting to happen. So I modified a plan I saw in Popular Woodworking.
My rack can hang on a French-cleat, but I added a hinge to the middle so that the chisel holder can stand on a workbench or fold shorter to fit into a tote. When folded part way, the triangular footprint makes it very stable. The spacing is such that the handles weave into each other when the chisel holder is fully closed.
The large gap between the actual slots for the chisels and the bottom edge is to allow sawdust or other debris to fall through and not accumulate.
If you are interested in more details about the rack, spacing tips and building instructions, you can visit my blog post for the Portable Chisel Rack and Stand.
-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com