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Project by Arminius posted 11-09-2013 05:55 PM 1452 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a year filled with renovations, outdoor projects, home improvement etc. (note workshop insulation still visible..), finally finished something. A simple tool rack to clear space on the bench while I work. The design is from a Lee Valley/PWW handout on tool storage, though I believe it showed up in the April 2011 issue of Popular Woodworking. The article itself has has a good write-up, so I won’t bother go into detail on the process.

I probably could have finished it fairly quickly, but I wanted to use it to work on my hand tool skills, particularly planing. I started with rough pine boards, which at about $0.80/bf means this was a very cheap project. The pegs are turned from maple, the finish is spar varnish thinned down to wipe on.

Some observations:

1. For some reason, the article has the peg holes drilled after assembly, which doesn’t make a lot of sense. If I was using a drill press, I would definitely want to do them beforehand.

2. Hand planing pine is finicky, it was definitely a lesson in sharpening. The softness of the wood allows quick progress at first, but tearout is phenomenally easy to produce. The only way I found to control it was to keep the blades very sharp.

3. I got much faster with the 6-step milling process, so it was certainly worthwhile. For most of the work, I only really had a low-angle jack, a #4, and a Veritas bevel-up smoother. Definitely want to finish reconditioning a real jointer and a try plane/#5 before I do another hand-only project.

4. It took me all of 10 minutes to fill the rack and realize that in addition to saw and plane tills, I need a chisel rack – probably a whole tool cabinet. Still, for now I really like having the shelf space and rack right above the bench.





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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 11-09-2013 06:10 PM

Great looking tool rack.

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

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BusterB

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#2 posted 11-09-2013 06:12 PM

Nice tool rack… looks good and very handy. Great way to store and display your hand tools.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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rad457

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#3 posted 11-09-2013 06:52 PM

Very nice, think I have most of them tools. How do you like the Narex chisels, I have a set but found them bulky for smaller dovetail work, got a set of Stanley SW.
Built a Kernov 1 1/2” smoother and 1 1/4” jointer turned out fantastic.
In the process of making a 2” smoother out of Vera

-- Andre of Alberta. Finger Prints show your hands were on the wood.

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Arminius

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#4 posted 11-09-2013 08:08 PM

I really like the Narex chisels, though the Veritas ones have tempted me. I have one little 1/8th SW, just tilted against the Narex bench chisels, and I do like the handle for more delicate work.

I have a Krenov jack plane mostly done, and I am restoring a #5, #6, and #7, so I will need that till soon enough. I have had a bad habit of working on too many projects, I am hoping that reducing the clutter and focusing will help finish some projects off.

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#5 posted 11-10-2013 12:46 AM

Nice job…..a project ready for use. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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Rick

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#6 posted 11-10-2013 06:06 AM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Posting.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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tsangell

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#7 posted 11-10-2013 03:21 PM

Looks very nice! I’ve built one of these as well, and it is surprising how much it can hold.

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#8 posted 11-10-2013 04:50 PM

Great job

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