Simple and Easy Chisel Rack

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Project by Brandon posted 01-11-2012 08:08 PM 8532 views 14 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 01-11-2012 08:32 PM

Nice chisel rack. I like it.

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

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 08:51 PM

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

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 09:39 PM

nice rack. Mine are still in a drawer.

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 09:57 PM

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 01-11-2012 11:09 PM

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 01-12-2012 01:40 AM

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 01-12-2012 03:08 AM

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 01-12-2012 04:33 AM

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 01-12-2012 04:38 AM

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 01-12-2012 05:18 AM

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 01-12-2012 05:25 AM

Nice rack for the chisels

-- Norman

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#12 posted 01-12-2012 05:27 AM

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

-- Smitty

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#13 posted 01-12-2012 08:04 AM

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

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#14 posted 01-12-2012 03:16 PM

Haha, thanks!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 01-12-2012 04:15 PM

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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