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This project appeared in our February 3, 2007 Newsletter.

This project is pretty simple but solves a big problem. I got a set of Japanese saws for Christmas and I needed a place to store them. I sure didn't want them just laying around on benches or in cabinets. I decided that as long as I was building a place to store my saws I could use a place to store my chisels also. You'll need to adjust this project to fit your particular tools but maybe it will spur some ideas.

Dozuki Dovetail/Flush-Cut SawDozuki Dovetail/Flush-Cut Saw
Combination dovetail/flush-cut saw features two interchangeable blades and 7-3/4" L bamboo handle. Dozuki dovetail blade measures 190mm L and has 24 tpi. Flush-cut blade measures 150mm L and has ..

Dozuki Dovetail/Flush-Cut Saw

Here's what I used:

  • Back Board - 1/2" Oak 2" X 44"
  • Face Board - 1/4" Maple 2" X 29"
  • Spacers - 9/32" Maple 1" X 2"
  • Magnetic knife holder
  • Glue
  • (2) hole plugs
I purchased a magnetic knife holder at Fred Meyer for about $14.00. I believe you can get cheaper ones at wood stores for storing tools.
Cut the back board 2" X 44".
Cut the Face Board 2" X 29. Remember, your lengths may vary.
For the layout leave space on one end for the magnetic holder and a screw for mounting to the wall. On the other end leave enough space for a mounting screw.
Lay your chisels along the back board to get the correct spacing. Depending on the size of the chisel handles you may need to adjust the width of the spacers. I cut mine 1" wide. I also had to plane them down to 9/32" to get a nice fit for my chisels. Again your dimension may be different. I cut two pieces 1/2" wide for each end. I only have a few chisels right now so I've left open space on the end for more chisels. I placed the 1/2" in spacer at the end.

Irwin Marples Blue Chip 6-Pc. Chisel SetIrwin Marples Blue Chip 6-Pc. Chisel Set
Designed for the fine woodworker! Direct from Sheffield, England, these genuine Marples Blue Chip chisels will provide years of precision service. Longer blades (3-1/2" to 4-1/2") and handles for i..

Irwin Marples Blue Chip 6-Pc. Chisel Set

Use a square to align the spacers. Mark along the edge of each spacer to make gluing easier.
Apply glue to the spacers, align and clamp them to the back board.

After the glue has dried apply glue to the spacers and clamp on the face board.

Install the magnetic holder using the supplied hardware.
Drill a mounting hole in each end. I allowed room for a 3/8" wood plug to hide the screw.
Apply your favorite finish and you're ready to hang on the wall.
Mount it on your wall and you are ready to load it up with your saws and chisels.

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