Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Unnecessarily Fancy Custom Walnut Tool Holders for Chisels, Spokeshaves, Router Plane, and Scrapers

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So I just finished up this tool cabinet for my workbench

and it's a pretty elaborate design.

It didn't start that way.

I meant for it to be very utilitarian,

but it just kind of grew as time went on.

And while I was in this mode of total overkill,

I started to think about other things

that needed organization.

For instance, chisels inside one of these drawers.

You know, spokeshaves on the wall, my router plane.

Just things on the wall that,

if I take a little bit more time,

a little care and attention,

I might be able to come up with

a cool custom holder for these things

that makes it look really good

and it makes it very functional

because it's easy to get to the things

that I need to get to and I don't lose anything,

like little bits and pieces.

So that's what I did.

I had a couple of extra days of free time

and some scraps of walnut that I'd be able to use for this

and I just kind of geeked out on it.

So let me show you what I made.

First thing I wanna make is

a drop-in organizer for my chisels.

The bottom will be made from quarter-inch plywood.

I then lay out the chisels and transfer the center points

to a strip of wood.

Using a Forstner bit, I drill into the strip

leaving about a quarter-inch of material at the bottom.

The strip is then cut in half,

making two nice chisel handle holders.

I only need one, so maybe give the extra one to a friend?

I sand the strips and break all the sharp edges.

I can now mark the center of each chisel

at the sharp end for some additional support.

Because the chisels are different lengths,

I'll make a few different blocks for each chisel type.

Now with the chisel centered,

I'll make marks on both sides of the blades

to show where I need to make the dados.

At the table saw, I'll hug away the material.

That's looking pretty good.

Now I'll start by gluing the handle strip in place,

then I'll glue in the three support strips.

A little bit of oil makes it look nice and pretty.

As I install the chisels,

I realize that we can go one step further

to make the chisels even more secure

and less prone to moving around.


Each dado will receive a rare-earth magnet

which I'll epoxy into place.

On top of that I'll drop in a layer of rubberized cork.

That'll keep the chisels in place and prevent any marring.

The smallest chisel doesn't have room enough for a magnet,

so it just gets the cork.

On the left side of the drawer,

that's a good spot for my mallet.

So I make a small support block using

the same drilling technique that we used previously

and install the support with some double-stick tape

to hold it in place.

Oh yeah.

That makes the OCD side of my brain very happy.

Next up, we'll make a holder for

my spokeshaves and cabinet scrapers.

I take some time to work out the spacing on a strip of wood

and then drill at each handle location.

At the band saw, then cut into the holes on a slight angle.

Now we can split the piece in two,

giving us the two support rails we need.

I place the supports onto a plywood backer

with the supports at a slight angle.

It's not really necessary, but I think it looks pretty cool.

Once the glue is dry, I trim the excess and flush it up.

I'll drive some screws in from the back

just to be extra safe.

To attach it to the wall,

I'll pre-drill and countersink for two screws.

Bada-bing, bada-boom.

A nice spokeshave cabinet scraper rack.

And yeah, I'm pretty much screwed if I ever buy

that concave spokeshave that I've been eyeballing.

Next is a holder for my router plane.

The old holder was nice, but it didn't really have

any room for storing the cutters.

I took some inspiration from

Little City Workshop on Instagram

and decided to make my own version

that stores all of the accessories.

To be honest, I was pretty much just winging it.

I'll start by making some rabbets in a piece of thin stock.

The material left over after making the rabbets

should fit into the top slot on the cutters.

I could then cut a few slots for

the post of the cutters to fit into.

Now we'll glue those onto the bottom of the holder later on.

For the backer piece,

I'll trace the shape of the router plane

onto some quarter-inch ply.

Using that angle, I'll cut a couple of support blocks

out of three-quarter-inch stock.

These will support the router plane

when it's dropped into the cradle.

The top of each piece needs a little dog-ear

in order for it to fit correctly.

Now I can cut the backer piece to my lines.

The support blocks are glued in place

and a small strip of ply is then glued to the front face.

By the way, if you haven't tried this thick and quick glue

from Titebond, you're missing out.

On small projects like this when I want a quick bond time,

it's really convenient.

Now I can glue the accessory pieces to the bottom.

The router plane comes with a little fence attachment

that I actually never use,

but I may as well install a ledge for it to rest on.

This piece is installed just above the accessories

and a notch is cut in the middle for the post.

The whole thing is sanded and finished

and then screwed to the wall.

And here we go.

Next up is a very simple rack for card scrapers.

I take a block of wood and make a bunch of band saw cuts

at a slight angle.

If you have thicker card scrapers

you may need to make two passes for a double cut.

Now I pre-drill, countersink, sand, and finish.

(uptempo R&B music)

And just like that, I have a simple,

elegant little card scraper holder.

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