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Project by ChuckV posted 495 days ago 1834 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 495 days ago

Nice looking little rack.

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daltxguy

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#2 posted 495 days ago

So, if you have a tight ash, there’s a drought? And if you have a wet ash, then it must be raining?
Clever design! I cut open some ash the other day and I can imagine what it must be liked if you’d boil it.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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vipond33

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#3 posted 495 days ago

Nice rack, cute curl – oops, sorry, wrong site. But seriously Chuck, great entry – I love visual puns. Nice touch to angle the chisels instead of putting em in straight up and down.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#4 posted 495 days ago

Looks good and sounds like you had some challenges. As a suggestion I would add a piece of leather to the bottom where the chisels meet the wood. You can glue it, or use double sided tape.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 495 days ago

...and the stench of boiled Ash filled the countryside !
It even made some of the Skunks say , “what’s that unGodly smell ”?
Gotta love it : )
Nice chisel rack design , ChuckV . I like the addition of the curl : )
Looks like a cool assortment of chisels as well.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Don Broussard

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#6 posted 495 days ago

Very cool design, ChuckV! Really like the curl, but I’m glad I wasn’t anywhere near that boiling ash. You could do a V2.0 with a mirrors on the edges of your iron to demonstrate how sharp your design is.

+1 on woodbutcher’s suggestion for the leather.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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ChuckV

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#7 posted 495 days ago

woodbutcherbynight,

Thanks for the leather idea. I’m going to do it.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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MrFid

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#8 posted 494 days ago

Very cool rack design. I like your post. Thanks for making me laugh this morning.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Dave

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#9 posted 493 days ago

Love it.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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chris1228

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#10 posted 491 days ago

Nice job! I could use something like that for my chisels. If you want this project to be considered in the challenged, you need to put the words “challenge-15” in the title, though.

-- Chris - Tallassee, AL.

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ChuckV

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#11 posted 491 days ago

Chris,

Thanks.

There seems to be some confusion about how to get a project into this challenge. Debbie’s post about the challenge says to:
Tag the project as: challenge-15

I did that and when I go to the list of entries, mine is there – mine is the only one there:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/tag/challenge-15

I sure hope that some more people enter this challenge.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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Diggerjacks

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#12 posted 491 days ago

Hello ChuckV

A very cool project
I like the creative design

Thanks for sharing

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

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Firemandave

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#13 posted 490 days ago

Very clever idea, nice work

-- Dave Hamm, http://www.hammswoodworks.com

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#14 posted 481 days ago

clever indeed!! Very creative … and determined. Congrats on the success of the curl.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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