Introduction: Chisel Quiver
Years ago I bought several sets of chisels. Some cheap, others not so much. The more expensive chisels came with protective covers for the blades but they were made of plastic and were small enough that I lost them over time. I had to find a way to keep the chisels together and keep the blades from nicking each other. Enter "The Chisel Quiver"!
Step 1: Collect Tools and Materials
For this project I used a sheet of ABS plastic I had laying around, but I'm sure you could use an empty jug of laundry detergent or the side of a 5 gallon bucket.
ABS Plastic / Recycled Stiff Plastic
Oven or Heat Gun
Drill / Drill Press
Drill bit that matches the outer dimension of the eyelets
Band Saw (optional)
Step 2: Determine the Size of Plastic You'll Need
Determine how wide and tall you'll need to make the quiver. Make sure there's enough room for eyelets in between chisels, and make sure there's enough plastic on each end for the side eyelets. The piece of plastic in the image below is a little too small and tight. I had to cut another piece.
If you make the distance between the side eyelet holes match the distance of the pegboard holes you'll be able use hooks or screws to attach the quiver to the board neatly.
Step 3: Heat the Plastic and Fold the First Fold
Decide which side of the plastic will be visible to the public. My ABS had a smooth side and a "hair cell" (bumpy) side. I chose to put the glossy smooth finish inside because I knew it would show dings and scratches.
After figuring out the location of the first fold mark it with a pencil or by scoring it. Also mark the spots for the eyelet holes.
I used a heat gun to warm up the crease and fold it. I had to do this a couple of times to get the sides to match up perfectly.
Step 4: Drill Eyelet Holes
I must not have taken pictures of the drilling step. But it's just a hole right? Drill through all the way from the front through to the back of the folded plastic.
I strongly caution you against using a step bit to drill holes. Use a regular straight bit to drill the holes instead. This ensures that you have the perfect sized eyelet hole no matter how many layers of plastic you have to drill through.
Step 5: Heat the Second Fold
Using the heat gun I heated the second fold, folded it backwards, and pressed it flat.
I also drilled through the two end eyelets so the holes went all the way through the back flap as well.
The back flap (fold #2) is what I call a standoff distance. It keeps the user's knuckles from dragging across the wall when pulling a chisel out of the quiver.
Step 6: Make Room for the Chisels
using the heat gun on a low setting I warmed up one section of the quiver at a time and slid the chisels in when they were warm enough. I did every other chisel so as to allow the last chisel pocket to cool, I did this to keep the eyelets from popping off their holes once the plastic got warm enough to deform.
I used the spring clamps as extra hands but a helper would do just as well.
Step 7: Clean Up the Excess Plastic, Sand Corners and Hang
I got some pegboard hooks after cleaning up the corners and edges and hung the quiver. Not bad.
That was so easy I whipped up a second one for the yellow handled chisels in no time flat. I'll probably re do the first quiver eventually. It looks messy beside the other one.