Thursday, January 3, 2008

Portable Chisel Rack

Rather than build a permanent chisel rack for my tool cabinet, I wanted one that would double as a holder when taking woodworking classes or giving demos. So, I built this chisel holder based on one I saw in a ww book which had feet that would keep it stable on a benchtop. Then I built a little shelf with a lip and installed it in my tool cabinet door. A simple turnbutton keeps the holder from tipping forward.

In order to keep the chisels standing upright rather than banging into the walls of the dividers, I glued foam inside each cavity. Upon completion and having placed all the chisels in their respective slots, I realized an unfortunate design flaw. Sitting on a benchtop, it's a little unnerving staring down at all those razor edges pointing up at you. Hence, the chisel booties.

If you decide to build your own portable holder, you might consider shortening the height of the front piece to allow for an open section at the bottom. That way you can point the business end downward and still see which chisel is in each compartment.
Another thing—I cut all of the dividers an 1/8" short and only glued the top half in the dadoes. That way, the dividers are always flush with the top of the holder and can still move with the seasons.


Anonymous said...

Great idea! I'm considering a similar removable caddy that slides into my tool drawer (which you would approve of...hand-cut EVERYTHING including sliding dovetail dado dividers, 1/2-blind drawers x 4 and a hand-rebated back). Thanks for the inspiration & keep up the hand work! Al, Knoxville

Kari Hultman said...

That caddy sounds awesome, Al! Feel free to email me a photo once you've built it. I'd love to see it!

Unknown said...

Are those hats for your chisels?

Kari Hultman said...

I prefer to call them "chisel booties", but you may call them "chisel fedoras" if you like.

LadyBurg said...

YUP, I'm pretty sure it would be perfectly fine if you carry those babies on the plane. NO PROBLEM!

chisel booties - heee heee

how about chisel pants or chisel underpants or chisel tube socks?

Kari Hultman said...

HA! LOL @ ladyburg. : )