Super-Easy Chisel Rack

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Project by Brian Shourd posted 12-11-2011 12:08 AM 3331 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was getting extremely sick of having all of my chisels in a drawer, out of the way, so I built this very easy chisel rack to house them. It’s just scrap pine, although I did dovetail the corners together, for some dovetail practice. A quick project, but good practice all around, and very useful.

It can stand on the bench on it’s own, but it usually resides just behind me on an attached french cleat. There’s even room for more chisels, should I get some in the future. Thanks for looking!

-- Brian

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#1 posted 12-11-2011 12:13 AM

Nice idea.

Compact and easily accessible.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 12-11-2011 04:07 AM

This one I really like – favourite!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#3 posted 12-11-2011 04:19 AM

Nice chisel rack!

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#4 posted 12-11-2011 11:57 AM

It’s pefect with French cleat. Nice job.

-- Byung Soo Kim, Seoul, S.Korea

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#5 posted 12-11-2011 09:38 PM

Sweet and simple- a fine build!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#6 posted 12-16-2011 05:34 AM

Looks great!
I could of use the French cleat idea.
I have tapper holes for the socket chisels.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 03:40 PM

gr8 way to recycle some o those cutoffs and to practice some joinery methods. handy dandy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 01-10-2012 06:46 AM

what size hole did you settle on drilling for the rack?

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Brian Shourd

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#9 posted 01-10-2012 07:36 AM

I don’t remember, but I know that I used two different sizes. Some of my smaller chisels have a smaller ferrule, so they got a smaller hole.

I just measured the ferrule for each chisel with calipers, then drilled the hole to be the next largest size drill bit I happen to have. If I had to guess, I’d say I used a 5/8” and a 3/4” bit.

-- Brian

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Mitch Neal

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#10 posted 02-04-2012 11:14 PM

Just what I was looking for. BTW I just bought a set of the NAREX chisels from Lee Valley, that why Im building my rack. How are yours working out?

-- Its not your goal, its the path you take to achieve that goal that matters.

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Brian Shourd

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#11 posted 02-06-2012 08:43 PM

I really like my Narex chisels. They seem to hold an edge well, they feel good in the hand, they can take a beating (though they are a bit young still to be making such judgements). The only real problem with them is that the backs are not very flat. I spent a few hours flattening the set, though, and now it isn’t a problem. The hours (and sandpaper) spent flattening were well worth it, in my opinion.

I hope you like yours, too.

-- Brian

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