Humble chisel till

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Project by 72hw posted 11-28-2012 03:46 AM 3028 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’ve made a few things since I last posted, but time in the shop has been hard to come by. I am pretty proud of the chisel till I threw together however. Based on the Wood Magazine plans I decided to cut it down by a couple of inches to fit on my wall and to fit with my tools – present and future. Made of poplar cause it’s cheap and finished with Minwax stain, it’s very humble but I like it and think it looks nice enough.

I learned a bit about very basic joinery on this one as picture 2 shows, I learned I have a long way to go! I also learned a bit about sawing waste by hand using my dozuki saw, as picture 2 also shows – I learned I have a long way to go!

Sense a theme here?

Anyhow, I am proud of the result and look forward to progressing on my journey working the wood. Picture 3 shows the till before loaded and hung on the wall. As you can see, I left one space without a slot for my burnisher. Yes, thanks to Stumpy Nubs I have recently discovered the joys of card scrapers and needed a way to put the hook on them as I learn, so now it has a home!

Any comments are welcome and I hope I have given some other newbie hope with this one!

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 04:14 AM

I like it, nice job!

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

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#2 posted 11-28-2012 07:39 AM

very nice, easy to see the size

-- 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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#3 posted 11-28-2012 01:49 PM

Well done. I need to make one of those.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 11-28-2012 02:01 PM

Very useful project. I like neat shops and the till keeps your gear tidy and safe for the next time you need them. Nothing worse than spending half your day looking for a tool rather than working wood…...that just drives me around the bend.

Good project.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#5 posted 11-28-2012 02:23 PM

Great job on a functional storage solution. Open wall space is at a premium in my shop/garage, so I plan to build a chisel rack for the side of my workbench.

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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#6 posted 11-28-2012 02:50 PM

I like the till a lot! Never have used poplar, but think I’ll look some up and try it.
I went back and read your intro where you said ”Do I wish I could go back and really grok…”
I haven’t seen that word in a long time and now I gotta go back and find “Stranger in a Strange Land”.
Good book, good till, good post. Thanks
Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#7 posted 11-28-2012 03:01 PM

Everything in its place! Those shop projects are great for learning joinery and techniques. Nice job.


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#8 posted 11-28-2012 04:31 PM

I’ve been needing to make a chisel holder myself so I may just rip this off.
Is that a Pliny I see in pic #3? Soooooo jealous!

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#9 posted 11-28-2012 04:49 PM

Thanks to all for having a look and leaving comments – this place is great!

@rejo55 – One of my favorite books. Always nice to find someone who instantly recognizes the word!

@BarbS – In my past life as a line cook we called it “Mise en place” and I would love to say that the philosophy extends to my bench, desk at work and laundry but I’m still working on that

@scottiej – Indeed it is a Pliny, good eye! Where do you live? If you have access to a supply of Heady Topper maybe we could work out a trade… just sayin.

-- “Weird heroes and mould-breaking champions exist as living proof to those who need it that the tyranny of 'the rat race' is not yet final.” ― Hunter S. Thompson

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#10 posted 11-28-2012 05:27 PM

That’s a neat way of keeping tools.

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#11 posted 11-28-2012 06:06 PM

Nice job!


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#12 posted 11-28-2012 11:12 PM

Well done. I need to make one of those.

-- Ed Carlinville IL

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#13 posted 11-29-2012 12:32 AM

i really like it…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#14 posted 12-10-2012 07:29 PM

Cool caddy. I like the simple glue-box you have hanging next to it, too.

-- Nat, UPstate NY,

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#15 posted 12-14-2012 11:07 PM

Great job! And thanks for the shout-out on the card scrapers!

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