Hollow Mortise Chisels Organizer

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 11-07-2013 04:41 PM 4482 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In finishing up the slant cabinet for the stand to my bench top mortiser, I decided to try my hand at a drawer organizer for the chisels. This is the result.

This project turned out okay, with only one change I’ll make in future organizers. The cross pieces need to be dadoed on the top instead of the bottom so the dividers are smooth over the entire top surface. I haven’t decided whether the dividers should be eliminated since the cross pieces are fitted to the chisels.

The main thing I learned and want to share is that the new Byrd Shelix head I installed on my 1996 PM15 planer back in June worked flawlessly. I was able to plane some hard maple divider material down to a uniform 3/16” thickness with no trouble. I used hard maple stock that was planed to a uniform 9/64” for these organizers. The finished surfaces were super smooth, like they had been planed by hand. I felt I needed to sand the surfaces with 220 grit before finishing them.

The other improvement I made to my PM15 in June was to install a Wixey Digital Planer gauge. This gauge is dead on accurate and makes planning to a specified thickness exact and a pure pleasure, compared to my previous hit and miss experience.

As always, comments (good, bad, critical or whatever) are greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 04:56 PM

Excellent way to store your bits.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 04:56 PM

It’s pretty. I would agree with you that the middle (vertical) cross pieces could be eliminated. That would make retrieving small things that fall in between the vertical dividers easier. I like the use of magnets.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 05:12 PM

I admire your organizational skills John and I am happy that you made room in your busy schedule to get in some shop time. Your mortise chisel drawer build is top notch and showcases your woodworking skills. I am with tyvekboy, the center divider could be eliminated without detriment to the stability of your chisels.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 11-07-2013 05:24 PM

Great looking piece of shop furniture! Well done John.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 11-07-2013 07:11 PM

Looks good John. I wish I was half as organized as you are. Great wood choice too!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#6 posted 11-07-2013 07:16 PM

Beautiful job. It almost looks gift packaged and ready to sell. Super work John.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 11-07-2013 08:22 PM

great job and excellent design. I think the dividers are fine the way they look. Are they necessary? Maybe not but sometimes look needs to override function.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#8 posted 11-07-2013 08:44 PM

Awesome job buddy. Love it. A PM 15 is def on my wish list. Thanks for sharing, and your craftsmanship on ALL of your projects just blows me away.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 11-07-2013 10:38 PM

This is fantastic, John. WowZa!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 11-07-2013 10:54 PM

Looks great. Much safer than the “daggers up” orientation of my delta mortiser.
I like the construction details, it could be a jewelry box!

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#11 posted 11-07-2013 11:41 PM

Thanks every one for looking and for your comments, especially your thoughts on eliminating the vertical dividers.

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

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#12 posted 11-08-2013 12:30 AM

very nice,excellent work!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 11-08-2013 03:49 AM

That is a great way to store the morticing tools! Very handy and out of harms way.!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 11-08-2013 10:53 AM

Great idea… Might have to barrow this one, thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 11-08-2013 03:42 PM

Stellar job on the chisel holder, John…..Looks like a good project…..unusal, that’s for sure…..That should keep the mortiseing tools from banging around…....I like it….....!!!!!!!!!!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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