Author Topic: Chisel protection - Old belt + masonry line = perfect fit!  (Read 5412 times)

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Offline grobkuschelig

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Hi there,

I quickly wanted to share this, since I am quite happy how it turned out.

I have been getting a little into hand tools and so, for a test, I bought my first two chisels recently.
I wanted smaller ones, for better handling, which has proven to be a good choice.
I opted for different manufacturers, to test the differences.
- Narex short chisel Wood Line Plus, 26mm
- MHG "short" chisel, 12mm

The MHG came with a small plastic "edge protector", the Narex came without.
Since I am always quite clumsy, I know I need some form of Protection...  [wink]

I first thought about making a tool roll out of an old piece of leather that I have lying around. But since I don't know, how much my chisel collection will grow, it might not be the right time for such a thing.
So I opted for single sleeves.

Used an old leather belt, that had spent it's belt-years and was sitting around retired, waiting to be put to use.
Cut small pieces, used the belt punch pliers to put holes in and some cords (One piece of something I found, for the second one masonry line).

As mentioned above, I like them a lot.

Somehow, this forum inspires me more and more to try and find my own solutions for my "problems" rather than buying solutions.
...unless the solution is a new festool, obviously. But I just could not justify a Vecturo for this...   [cool] [big grin]

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Offline PreferrablyWood

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Re: Chisel protection - Old belt + masonry line = perfect fit!
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2017, 03:45 AM »
Holy Leather that looks good, the red kord makes them more visible and is a refined touch too. I've some leather work, something I could pull off. Thanks for showing! Funny you should mention the Vecturo as it's a tool that does some of the same things you can do with a chisel..
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Offline demographic

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Re: Chisel protection - Old belt + masonry line = perfect fit!
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2017, 04:03 AM »
Site worker here so I do use the chisel edge protectors for when they go into the toolbox.
I usually just put the protectors in my back pocket when I'm using the chisel but sometimes I lose one...

I have a little tub of plastic grains called Polymorph.
Just drop about a teaspoon of Polymorph into a cup of fresh boiled water and stir it about till it clumps together and goes clear.
Remove from the hot water and mold it flat then fold it around the end of the chisel and when it cools you have a new chisel protector.

Don't like the shape you made? Put it back in the water and when its gone clear (hot enough to mold) make it into another shape.

Its worth just making a decent sized lump to keep in your toolbox just so you have something to make random plastic things out of. Handy stuff.

Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Chisel protection - Old belt + masonry line = perfect fit!
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017, 03:55 AM »
I just thought I'd post a quick update.
After acquiring a couple of additional chisels, I opted for a "color coding" based on chisel width. Works great to be able to quickly grab the right one.
And for the small ones, you can even repurpose the part of the belt where the holes are...

I'm quite happy how this turned out. [emoji4]

Offline ear3

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Re: Chisel protection - Old belt + masonry line = perfect fit!
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2017, 07:31 AM »
 [thumbs up]  How does this affect storing them, btw?
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Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Chisel protection - Old belt + masonry line = perfect fit!
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 06:05 PM »
I don't have many hand tools and try to have all my tools organized in Systainers for easy carry.
I have a Systainer that holds my planes and I just throw the chisels in there. Have not had any damage or dulling of the blades.
I even think the sharpness might benefit from the "leather strap" enclosure. But the effect might only be imaginary. [emoji56][emoji51]