|My "tool roll" for the past year was this towel.|
Missing bits: 1", 3/4". Extra bits: there are three 5/16" bits, two 15/16" bits and an expansive bit.
In some poplar, I laid out the semicircles on both ends and connected them on the face with straight lines. There was 1/8" between the adjacent semicircles.
|This will become the tray for #4 through #11 bits|
|Started with the wooden plough plane, cutting grooves close to final depth|
|Round planes (on bench) were used to plane to the layout lines|
|This worked well and I got very close to the semicircular layout lines|
|Large bit tray done - #12 through #16|
|I removed as much as I could using the plough, then used a chisel to round the curves|
(Note the steps in the 7/16" groove (4th from left) - the steps have not yet been chiseled)
|3/4" wide piece of saw blade, about 3" long|
|Shaped with hack saw and files, tried to get the edges 90° to the faces using diamond stones|
|The tool has an adjustable fence|
|It took a while, but this worked well in smoothing out the semicircles.|
I followed up with sandpaper around appropriate sized sticks.
|Made a cutter for each size groove|
|Made these trays from 1" thick poplar. I would later thin them so that there|
was just 1/4" of wood below the largest groove of each tray.