Introduction: Woodworking Projects for Beginners: Make a DIY Chisel Rack

Woodworking projects for beginners: Make a DIY Chisel Rack

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This project uses standard size timber that you can buy from most hardware stores so no milling required.

Learn Woodworking and make this easy DIY Chisel Rack, ideal beginners woodworking project and handy for the experienced woodworker to work with their hand tools.

I love this little thing as it allows me to take my favorite chisels to where I am working and not have them rolling around on a bench.

More images and information can be found on my website here

Step 1: Work Out the Size of the Rack

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First thing you want to do is layout your chisels that you want to put in the rack.

Have them spaced out a little bit we will probably go about 34cm, you want to allow for space on the end as well so it doesn’t hit the sides.

Step 2: Cut the Rails, Post and Spacer Blocks

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For the rails I uset 42mm x 19mm wood from the hardware store.

I setup a stop block on my cross cut sled and cut 4 of these out about 35cm long.

Remember if you don’t have a table saw or cross cut sled you can just use a mitre box and a hand saw.

In between the chisels I’m going to use like a one inch spacer block so we will just move another stop block on the table saw sled.

When cutting skinny little parts like this i'll use a little stick to just hold it down so it doesn’t get trapped and come fly out at me.

You need 2 post about 190mm or 7.5 inches long roughly, you can make it longer or shorter depending on the chisels you are using. The width of the pieces can be around 100mm but its not critical just what you can easily source or pull out of the scrap bin.

Step 3: Make It Smooth

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To avoid sanding i used a Veritas low angle Jack Plane to smooth over all the pieces and leave a shiny smooth finish.

Step 4: Glue Up the Top and Bottom Rail

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First i laid out my chisels to roughly how i want them roughly and used a little spacer block in between just to set the distances so there all pretty even.

The Bottom rail just needs on space on either end and the top can be how many you like for your chisels.

I then glued and clamped up the pieces as in the photos been careful to keep everything flush, but it's not critical as we can clean it up later with the hand plane if you get any movement.

Step 5: Clean Up the Top and Bottom Rails

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Now I just want to get top surface and bottom surface dead flat so its all nice and clean looking, to do that I’m just going to use the hand plane again which is the Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane which I really love if you don’t have a plane you can just use sandpaper and a sanding block that will do the same thing as well.

Step 6: Glue Up

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Because I’m gluing end grain what I’m going to do it rub some glue right into the ends because if you think of end grain like as like straws so it's going to absorb much more glue than the face grain so we will just work a bit in there but I’ve got a pretty decent surface area for the size of the project so it will hold it no problems at all.

Then i just clamped it up overnight to dry.

Step 7: Finishing Touches

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I took the clamps off and just used a block plane to get the ends level with the rails.

I then applied a couple of coats of Minwax wipe on poly.

Step 8: Ta Da the Finished Product

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And here is the finished product. If you enjoyed this please follow me on social media and subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

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digamma101 made it! (author)2016-10-06

I liked your design and then I took it one step further! It became a chisel and file rack, with a "pocket" on the end for the sharpening stone.

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