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Organizing some chisels

Posted by is9582 on December 12, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , ,

As I’ve mentioned at earlier times, I love chisels, which translates into quantity. I’ve been working to plane some more slabs of the Soft Maple, for my workbench top rebuild, and some of my chisels weren’t close at hand in a functional manner, but still showing their presence, if you know what I mean.

I had a couple of White Oak boards that I’d pulled for another potential project, but one of them really didn’t match up visually or structurally, so I decided to make a chisel hanger. While I was visualizing the placement of the selected chisels, I noticed three of them would be too tall, to hang on the intended location of the rack. Rather than re-develop my plans for the large rack, I decided I’d just make a smaller rack, that would live on the plane/spoke shave board I installed on the wall earlier.

Rack for three longer chisels, before any drilling or cutting.

Rack for three longer chisels, before any drilling or cutting.

I laid out my plans on the board and headed over to my band saw. A couple of quick cuts later and it was back to the bench. I planed all of the show surfaces and edges, as there really isn’t any reason in my book to leave the wood with the powered planer marks, since its easy and doesn’t take much time to accomplish.

On the large version, the second edge of the backer board caught my eye, as it just didn’t look even close to square. Sure enough, it was crazy how far out the edge really was off. I took my old Stanley No. 6, that I’d just recently sharpened, as it has a fair amount of camber that I prefer when I need to take a decent amount of wood off relatively quickly. I was just going through my planing routine when I thought I should record a short video discussing wispy vs. full-bodied shavings. Everyone loves to dial in that sub-thou shaving that almost floats away, and that can be exactly what is needed, when working to get the perfect finish, but when you have almost an extra 1/8″ of wood at one end of a board, you don’t want to take 250 passes (based on a 1/2-thou shaving, and 1/8″ = .125″) with your plane to get the wood off. I had a saw close at hand, but decided since it ramped up from almost nothing at one end, to 1/8″, I’d rather use my coarsely set No. 6. Feel free to saw if that is more enjoyable to you.

 

Oak backer board (red arrows), for larger rack.

Oak backer board (red arrows), for larger rack.

As I moved onto final placement for the chisels that would live in this rack, I brought the actual chisels to the workpiece. Sure I could measure the size of the neck of the chisel, and the socket, but the best method is to lay the actual pieces out, where they will reside. This really cuts down on math errors, and provides a true representation, so you can shift pieces around if needed, or perhaps add a piece as I did with the Auriou Model Maker’s Rasp at the far right.

Actual chisels and rasp that will live on this future rack (red arrows pointing to rack board).

Actual chisels and rasp that will live on this future rack (red arrows pointing to rack board).

I have some other things taking my focus currently, so this was the end of my shop time for now. I’ll get back to drilling and cutting and attaching in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Lee Laird