A Chisel Cabinet
Organized tool storage can improve your work habits
Synopsis: Trying to find the right tool when you’re in the middle of a complicated project is not an efficient way to work. This author built a wall-mounted cabinet to house his chisels and details the construction elements in this article. It’s a shallow box with horizontal rails secured with sliding dovetails. The rails have holes to hold the chisels and gouges. Two doors echo the cabinet carcase and double the cabinet’s storage capacity.
Early in my career as a carver, I learned the frustration of a bench cluttered with tools. As most woodworkers know, spending time trying to find the right tool when you’re in the middle of a complicated project is not an efficient way to work. Invariably, I found that the less-used tools migrate to the edges of the bench, where they are more likely to fall off and then require resharpening. Having suffered…