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poopiekat

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04-21-2013 07:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: file folder tool storage antique chisels workbench storage

Here we are, folks…my chisels, all 75 of them, in holders suspended from low-friction rails in a drawer!! Ta Daaaah! Well… it’s still a work in progress..probably 55-60 showing when I took this photo.
I’m really sick of my metal rollaways! When I introduced them into my workshop, it was like a dream come true, being able to jam all that many more tools in proximity to my workbench. BUT… I’m tired of them now. They’re not the dream come true that I’d thought they would be.
So… this concept hit me like lightning!! the ability to flip through bunches of chisels to find the exact one I want to use…close at hand… awesome!!
The drawer itself is of standard construction, with nylon (or is it HDPE?) glides normally used under refrigerator feet. If you are familiar with suspended file folders in a desk or file cabinet, you get the idea.

So… I made some tempered hardboard ‘bridges’ that hang between the nylon runners. Some maple spacers placed between each chisel, and sandwiched with another identical piece of hardboard. The drawer is hung with full-extension glides. If I make more ‘folders’ I could probably store over 100 chisels. I’ve sorted the rows by size, a separate holder for each of the typical widths. I am going to build another identical drawer for this cabinet, for files, rasps, punches, and other similar-shaped tools.
I got a feeling this configuration is going to be very popular!!! Look for it in a future issue of a woodworking magazine, and remember, you saw it first in the Poopiekat workshop!!Kind comments welcome, of course!! Thx for looking!

And pictured above is one single assembly, which with the others can be slid back and forth on the runners as you browse your cache of vintage tools. I’m happy to show off my new and old chisel hoard, some vintage Marples, Eskilunas, Sheffields, and of course Stanleys from a different age.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!


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#1 posted 04-21-2013 07:42 PM

Nice Poopie. If I used that many chisels, I’d definitely want something like this set up.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 07:49 PM

Thanks, Brandon!! Actually, the idea is adaptable to other uses, like maybe all of your chisels, files, rasps etc could be close at hand in one drawer like this! Myself, I’m trying to see if I’ve got enough small tools to make it worthwhile to have a second drawer like this one. I like the ability to flip through the individual ‘folders’ by pushing them fore and aft individually to see which tool you’d like to use.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 04-21-2013 09:09 PM

Maybe a strip of leather in the drawer’s bottom, to protect the extra long chisels?

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#4 posted 04-21-2013 09:18 PM

Good idea, bandit! I’ve got a few pig-stickers that are a bit longer on the business end than the drawer can accommodate. I really haven’t decided what to do about them, with this drawer only 12” high, and 6” from the shank below the holders. There is a drawer bottom, I could bore a few holes and let them hand, but yeah, some nice leather edge protectors might do the trick. There’s a leather couch in the dumpster down the street, hmmmm that might do the trick. I knew a kid who made wallets out of leather wherever he could find it, mostly from junk cars at the crusher! Thx!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#5 posted 04-21-2013 09:32 PM

Wow chiseltastic.I love it I just bought some clips for all my turning chisels your method is neater but not so handy, as I would need instant and constant access for turning. Still you have a better method for the use you have well done and kindest regards Alistair

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#6 posted 04-21-2013 09:38 PM

great idea. Mine are in a drawer but horizontal. I know, not great!

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#7 posted 04-21-2013 11:39 PM

What do you gain by having them slide fore and aft? Clearly, you don’t want to pack as many “folders” in there as possible, since there would be no room for them to slide; so, what advantage is there over fixing them a certain distance apart?

For the long chisels, how about just make the “folder” wider (the extra width above the hook, so the chisels ride higher).

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#8 posted 04-22-2013 12:24 AM

Scotsman: Thanks for your kind reply!! I definitely agree, lathe tools need to be at the ready because, indeed, we all constantly switch back and forth between one tool and another. My drawer thing would not be handy for turning, for sure! However, bench chisels, once selected from the drawer might stay on the workbench all day, and put away only at the end of the day.

Don: In a way, horizontal makes more sense, except where I wanted to have immediate access to any chisel in my menagerie. Many of them need new handles, which will happen in an odd moment when I chuck some red beech and turn some. They did tend to clink against each other in their horizontal drawer, which will not be a problem.

I’d begun to forget all the edge tools that I own, now they’re all in visual contact when I open the drawer.
Thanks again everyone for the kind comments!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 04-22-2013 12:31 AM

I guess you have to know them by their handles and heft…

Poopiekat: What’s your opinion of the Eskiltuna chisels? They
fetch crazy prices in online auctions. They are certainly handsome
chisels.

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#10 posted 04-22-2013 01:11 AM

Loren: Umm. y’know, I’ve got to claim ignorance on this one, regarding Eskiluna chisels. A friend of mine in town sold a set of Eski bench chisels on ebay, expecting to get $35, maybe $50 for them… they went for over $900. I do have a weird attitude about chisels and everything else mechanical: I allow the survival of the fittest, the law of the jungle, items with a genetic pre-disposition to rule my selection process. Those chisels, plane irons and gouges, jeez, some take a fine edge and hold it for a long time, other edge tools I’ve owned have NEVER performed right regardless of careful honing and truing up. So, oddly, one of my secretly favorite planes is a “Footprint”, considered a junk brand by some, but I love mine! Same with Marples blue-handle bench chisels, they just tend to agree with me, my sharpening and honing style, hard to explain. I have my core of “users”, my preferred go-to tools, and they are not necessarily best of breed by common knowledge. But I digress, Loren, my vintage Eski chisel was received not sharp enough to use, and I’ve never tuned it up. I just own it. One of these days I’ll get rid of my crazy menagerie of tools, and buy those top-shelf tools….I’m just afraid I’ll not be as happy with them as I am with some of my faithful old tried and true friends in the toolbox.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#11 posted 04-22-2013 01:13 AM

Great idea! You could have a little stand on your bench to pull out hole categories of chisels and have them hang there on your bench depending on what your working on.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 04-22-2013 01:17 AM

Mauricio: I hadn’t thought of that!!! It’s a great idea!! Hmm, maybe two DW screws on the side of the bench-top to hang it on?? Great!! Thx..

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 04-22-2013 01:29 AM

Nice idea, unique solution to your problem. I like that you can move them back and forth, change postion if needed and as Mauricio suggested tak them to the project and use them. I am envious of that collection, not that I would use that many chisels, ever….. (laughing) Still would be nice to have more than a good set and the cheap ones from HF that I use for “other” purposes….

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#14 posted 04-22-2013 12:57 PM

I really LIKE the idea… but I think I’ll wait till I have more than FOUR chisels before I do this :-)

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#15 posted 04-22-2013 12:58 PM

Joe, each chisel gets its own file folder.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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