July 2, 2021

How to Store Chisels in a Roll

I’ve been a woodworker for quite some time, but I recently got into the practice of keeping my chisels in a roll. I like to keep them in a roll because of the convenience and because of the safety aspect. You see, I’m a fairly active guy, and it’s not uncommon for me to drop my chisels to the ground (not intentionally, of course), and if they’re not in a roll, they could get damaged.

Store Chisels in a Cup

Storing chisels in a cup does not mean you have to buy a brand new cup or make it from scratch. The hardwood box that came with the chisel acts as your cup, and you are allowed to improvise as you add a handle. 

The cup is small enough to keep in the chest below your bench. Make sure the length of the chisel does not compromise your storage space. A hanging cabinet also accommodates the cup. Make sure you keep the cup in a place where dust can hardly reach. 

Failure to do so means cleaning the chisel and oiling it before and after use. You cannot have a cup with a lid since the chisel protrudes outside the cup. A cup lid is possible to make, but it comes with holes that take dust in low volume. 

The cup is easy to carry around and convenient as you place it closer to your reach. There I a challenge that comes with short cups. If there is an imbalance of weight from the accommodated chisels, it falls. In that case, all the sides should have chisels of the same weight.

Store Chisels in a Bucket

A bucket is more significant than a cup, and it accommodates a wide range of chisels and is flexible. As much as it carries more than ten chisels depending on size, there are more bangs and rubbing of the chisels. 

That shortens the life of the chisel and allows a high volume of dust to land onto the tools. A large bucket is safe from dust since it covers the chisels with a rag or a lid. A bucket with a handle is easy to work with and carry around. 

Hang the bucket on a wall hanger, but that requires more space than needed on the wall hanger. The chisels are easy to clean from the bucket, but there is no proper arrangement of the chisels. 

That takes time for you when you are running a task. You have to look for the one you want to use amongst numerous tools. A bucket has a large carrying capacity, but it has to be of durable material. 

Store Chisels in the Toolbox

A toolbox is safe, easy to handle, and has a large carrying capacity. It looks like a standard toolbox from the outside, and the body is pine. Even when you drop the box, your chisels are left unharmed. 

The inside of the box requires the measurement of your chisel and drill ¾ holes. The dadoes are filled with a block plane and attach the hinges. Apply Tried and True Danish oil for a finish. 

You make a toolbox that matches your budget. The toolbox should be waterproof and lightweight and made of two small and one big box, held by eight arms. The arms are attached to the boxes using standard screws for wood. 

You are allowed to use a toolbox with compartments to take less time on a project looking for a specific chisel. Multiple styles come with the box, and you make yours or buy a type of your choice. They come in sizes and colors, and you can have a toolbox that matches the color of your chisels. 

Store Chisels on a Wall Hanger

When hanging chisels on a wall hanger, make the wooden rack, and the tidiest option is a hole per chisel. Chisels should not share drilled holes since they will not hang properly on a narrow shelf. There have to be slots for the wider ones. The maximum capacity separates two strips of wood by spacers of ¼ inch. 

If there is no wall space, make or buy a tool roll. That is now up to your budget or preference. The storage hanger has holes and slots that keep the edges of the chisel safe, and there are no chances of having the edges banging against one another. 

The holes and slots allow you to insert and remove the chisel without much space above the holder. Each chisel has its own storage space without taking much space from the wall. Even the handles do not rub each other. You easily label your chisels just in case you are sparing new ones for later. 

The wall hanger comes in a neat package that is appealing to the eye. You are also allowed to group the chisels according to their heights, thickness, and color. In substitute for the wall hanger, you are allowed to use a rack fixed to your bench. The hanger is of plywood. 

Where to store Chisels in a workshop

A workshop consists of multiple storage options and does not randomly throw your chisels everywhere. A workshop has wall hangers, toolboxes, countertops and tabletops, cabinets, buckets, and sacks. 

You are allowed to store your chisels in any of the mentioned options. Make sure the option you choose does not compromise durability, performance, and quality. Chisels should not be in a storage box or drawer that allows the tools to rub against each other and get moisture.

 Storing them somewhere closed where dust particles are not allowed keeps the chisels well-functioning. There are tools in your workshop that come with drawers and built-in boxes. Keeping chisels in a wood tool that will be of use the next day is convenient, and that keeps the wood tools closer to you. You are allowed to arrange them by their type. 

Where to store Chisels in a garage

Some chisels come with holes on the handle, and you hang them in your garage. The benchtop keeps your tool at your fingertips, and that declutters the workbench. A built-in slide-in base keeps your chisels protected and arranged. 

Mount a vise on the bench-top so that the unit slides back in upside down and out of the way—countersink holes into the underside of the base for recessing the nuts and washers. Storing Chisels in a garage is economical since you are allowed to improvise. 

Use a rack from the clothes closet, and stuff them in a plastic bucket bound to crack. Screw a belt rack onto the whole and make sure the space is free. That is over your workbench and hang the wrenches. 

Beautifully arrange the chisels. The shelf is made of rubber, and you can make a new one from the rug mat. A toolbox liner also keeps chisels, and it has to fit the size of the drawer and keep the tools rigid. 

Where to store Chisels in a basement

In a basement, make sure you keep your chisels where they are less likely to be affected by rust. Clean the basement and organize it. Get rid of the clutter, sorting each tool into three piles. These include tools to sell, donate and throw away since you do not use the tools. 

Vacuum the cabinets as you get rid of dirt and dust. Leave doors open for free circulation of air. Use a dehumidifier if necessary to control odor and humidity. Use shelving units to keep chisels. If you do not have the shelves, install the shelves using any materials. 

Since keeping chisels on an open space attracts moisture from the floors, use storage tins. Using transparent plastic tins helps you identify the chisel you want to use on a project. Group your chisels using your criteria. 

Covering chisels with rags protects chisels, and that prevents moisture damage and tool damage. Applying a coat of machine oil preserves the natural state of your chisels. Wall hooks are also another option and label the chisels when you hook them. There is a forgotten space in the basement that you make use of. Add plastics for protection. Have you read our guide on How to Repair a Chipped Chisel?

David D. Hughes
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