Simple and Easy Chisel Rack

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Project by Brandon posted 828 days ago 5368 views 12 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a new home for my set of Narex chisels and I figured that since a lot of people here have the same chisels, I’d post my version of a simple and easy chisel rack. There are a number of other good examples of storage solutions for chisels on this site, so if you’re going to build a chisel rack or caddy or box or whatever, search around this site first.

I chose to use scrap material that I had sitting around. Here I have two pieces of red oak, although they are very different color.

First, I bored 9 holes for my 9 chisels each at 7/8” and spaced them 1 3/4” apart.

Then I beveled the outside edges of the holes with a champfer router bit.

All the chisels that were under 7/8” would fit into the holes as is, but the holes for the larger chisels (i.e., 1” and 1 1/4”) needed to adjusted. I marked the cut out area and chopped them with a couple of mortise chisels.

Cleaned up the edges with a smoothing plane and added a small chamfer to the outer corners.

Attached a back piece and coated the whole thing with boiled linseed oil. Not sure that it needed a finish, but why shy away from the opportunity to use BLO? It makes the wood look so beautiful. :-)

Drilled some pilot holes and screwed it into the wall. Voila!

The whole project took only about 30 minutes and now I have a nice home for the Narex chisels. If I were to change one thing, I think I’d make the back piece of wood about 1/4” instead of 3/4” so that the chisels wouldn’t stick out from the wall so far. Hopefully this is helpful for someone needing to do something similar.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 828 days ago

Nice chisel rack. I like it.

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

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#2 posted 828 days ago

That’s going to make your chisels so much easier to get to . Nice job.

-- Custom furniture

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Don W

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#3 posted 828 days ago

nice rack. Mine are still in a drawer.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#4 posted 828 days ago

More inspiration for things I need to make! Great job, thanks!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#5 posted 828 days ago

Very nice Brandon. You can’t beat a bit of organization. Looks great.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#6 posted 828 days ago

Nice rack Brandon, and the bench is looking good.

Just one watch out. Wont the tannins in the oak stain your tools? Or would the BLO prevent that?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#7 posted 828 days ago

I like it! I’ve been thinking of building one like that. I have my chisels in a small cabinet, which is nice, until I need to use them. I usually end up with two or three laying on the bench top just waiting to get knocked to the concrete floor. Here is the one I’ve been thinking about.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#8 posted 828 days ago

Mauricio, I didn’t think about the tannins, but it is red oak and not white oak, so as I understand it they aren’t as prominent.

Clay, that’s a great link. I think I’ll have to build one of those once my bench is done.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 828 days ago

Thanks for all the pictures and description. If I build a new chisel rack, I’ll come back here for the dimensions.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#10 posted 828 days ago

Good thinking and very useful rack to keep the tools close at hand. The one thing I would do differently in my shop is to add a ledge for the bottoms of the chisels to rest on, knowing me I would reach out to grab something nearby and gash myself!!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#11 posted 828 days ago

Nice rack for the chisels

-- Norman

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#12 posted 828 days ago

Yep, needed that, into the favorites it goes.
Thanks for posting!

-- Smitty

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#13 posted 828 days ago

Nice rack. Don’t think I’ve ever told that to a guy…

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#14 posted 828 days ago

Haha, thanks!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 828 days ago

I love those fast builds. Sometimes those are the one you are the most proud of…odd how that works.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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