Any reason why I shlould not use magnets to hold my chisels?

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12-04-2012 08:49 PM

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I am looking for ideas to build a chisel rack.
Now I am thinking about using magnets to hold the chisels.
Any reason why I should not do that?
Is it going to be pain when I sharpen them?

-- Bert

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#1 posted 12-04-2012 08:55 PM

I don’t see any disadvantage to using magnets, however I would put a block of wood at the bottom, as otherwise the chisels may fall off :)

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 08:57 PM

I do, sort of. I have the magnets slightly recessed. Keeps them from moving around too much.

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#3 posted 12-04-2012 09:01 PM

Yeah just make sure to have something beneath them to catch them if they fall, or to somehow cover and protect the cutting end.


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#4 posted 12-04-2012 09:10 PM

I don’t, but that’s just me. I keep mine in a tool roll just ‘cause they are old cast steel items.
Lots of W. Butcher chisels.


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#5 posted 12-04-2012 09:30 PM

Can’t see why not. And making your own will be much cheaper than Mag-Blok.


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#6 posted 12-04-2012 10:09 PM

Shamp, those MF chisels are crazy beautiful!!

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#7 posted 12-04-2012 10:52 PM

Thanks, Smitty. I think the previous owner had bought the set and maybe used two of them a couple times at most.

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#8 posted 12-04-2012 10:58 PM

why not?

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#9 posted 12-04-2012 11:07 PM

I can’t remember all I once knew about magnets. I think your concern is the magnets might magnatize the chisels then when you sharpen them the metal dust will cling to the chisels. I believe you could easily wipe that off with a cloth or paper towel. I see no reason to not use magnets if you can make it work. It would be bad for the chisel and the owner if they ever fell and struck you.

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#10 posted 12-04-2012 11:25 PM

If during sharpening the filings stay on, just pass the chisel through a circular magnet without touching the metal to the magnet and it will be demagnetized.

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#11 posted 12-04-2012 11:34 PM

RussellAP, good tip thank you.
Now where do I get a circular magnet with destroying my brand new speakers?

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#12 posted 12-04-2012 11:42 PM

There was a post recently, that said round magnets are rummaged from microwave ovens. The post said something about discharging a capacitor, or something along those lines.

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#13 posted 12-04-2012 11:44 PM

Microwave ovens have incredibly strong magnets in them. I had a friend that was factory trained to repair microwaves and he is no longer with us because he pulled on the wrong wire. Be careful messing with those ovens. They do have good magnets though.

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#14 posted 12-05-2012 02:08 AM

I don’t like my tools to become magnetized; especially the ones that I have to sharpen.
Therefore, I have never even considered any kind of magnetic tool holder.

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#15 posted 12-05-2012 02:34 AM

It’ll be OK as long as you wear a cowboy hat lined with aluminum foil when you use them.

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