Movable Chisel Holders

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Project by Richforever posted 08-15-2012 09:00 PM 11733 views 49 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Chisel racks made from scrap pieces from a packing crate. Wood was hand planed to about 3/8” thick. Holes on top are 1/2” diameter. Overall size is 12” across, 7” high, 1 5/8” wide plus French cleats and bottom pieces of 3/8” wide. Front bottom piece is 2 1/4” high – just enough to cover tips of most of the chisels.

This gave me a chance to use Grandpa’s old hand planes and practice some hand-cutting of the joints. The racks can stand alone on top of the workbench or hang on the French cleats on the wall. The intention is that they will eventually fit inside the doors of a wall hanging tool cabinet (yet to be built).

No power tools were used. Please note – some sawdust is still on workbench.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 09:18 PM

Nice job, I like what you’ve done. How is the stability factor when they are free standing and not on the French cleats on the wall?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 08-16-2012 12:07 AM

Ive been hacking away unsuccessfully trying to make a chisel rack for a while now … 3 failed attempts. I like your rack Rich .. thats right i said it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 08-16-2012 07:46 AM

Rich a great rack

Looks like you plan on adding

to your collection. More fun :)



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 08-16-2012 01:00 PM

I love the idea of a movable rack. Hang it on the tool cabinet doors when you’re not using it and then carry it over to the bench when you need them. Have you thought about adding some weighs to the bottom to keep it stable on the bench when standing upright? Does it need it? Or, design it to be laid down on its back, to avoid the issue of tipping… Great idea.

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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#5 posted 08-16-2012 02:23 PM

You win the tip of the day what a neat idea love the versatility of this rack…thanks for posting BC

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 03:11 PM

Very well thought out, I like the dovetail on the front bottom rail
as well.

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#7 posted 08-16-2012 03:29 PM

Brilliant idea to store chisels. Looking forward for the completion of the entire plan. Good job.

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#8 posted 08-16-2012 04:04 PM

Thanks for the encouragement.

Stability isn’t a problem. The weight is centered in the top piece. The back bottom piece sits on the workbench and completes a rectangular contact with the workbench, plus it will keep it the same distance off the door of a cabinet that the French cleat does.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 08-16-2012 07:25 PM

Really great idea. One that I would like to,...uhm use. With my shop setup these would be really handy. Do you mind?

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#10 posted 08-16-2012 07:53 PM

Tokolosi – glad you like it. Hope it helps in your shop.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 08-17-2012 06:10 PM

Hello Richforever

This is exactly what I need (in my favorite for the future)

You’ve done a nice work

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#12 posted 08-22-2012 12:43 AM

Nice chisel holder!

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#13 posted 03-31-2015 12:22 PM

Came across this just now on Pinterest. Love it, so simple and elegant,


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#14 posted 09-08-2015 06:26 AM

Just wanted to circle back on this. Rich, I’ve kept this in the back of my mind for a while now, and finally got around to building a new tool cabinet, in which I could incorporate something like what you did. Take a look, if you’re interested, and thanks for the inspiration!

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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#15 posted 09-08-2015 05:43 PM

Thanks everyone! Hope it helps with your tools.

-- Rich, Seattle, WA

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