|Project by ChuckV||posted 03-17-2013 02:34 PM||1896 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
Several months ago, I bought a bunch of old chisels I found on CraigsList. I sharpened them and cleaned them up a little. I have been wanting to make some sort of rack so that these chisels would always be handy when I’m working at my bench. The 1-board challenge was just what I needed to motivate me to take the time to make a rack. This doesn’t hold all the chisels I bought, but I think that these are the sizes that I will most often use.
Here is the bf of ash that I started with:
I decided to try to make the rack itself look something like a chisel. I wish I had some silver paint for the blade, but the gray paint I used on my porch deck will have to do. I kept it simple and just drilled some holes to support the chisels.
Some of the photos show the rack temporarily on the wall of my shop. Once I decide where I really want it located, I will attach it to the wall.
The most challenging part of this challenge was making the curl. With my bandsaw, I sliced a thin piece off the board that became the base of the rack. I have never bent wood – well, at least not on purpose. I have boiled pasta, and it gets soft. So, I boiled the wood in a pot on the wood stove until al dente:
If you have never boiled ash – there might be a few of you – I can tell you that it has a very distinct odor. Luckily, the rest of my family was out of town. As the wood softened, I started curling it and added some rubber bands, boiled it some more, and so on. Finally, I did this and left it overnight:
In the morning, it was too tight – really a cylinder rather than the spiral I wanted. Time to boil some more water! This time I boiled the water in a teapot and used the escaping steam to get the shape I wanted.
Since my shop is unheated, I am wondering if the curl will act as a hygrometer and curl in and out depending on the humidity. I also wonder if there is a market for that.
-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson