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The Great Australian Tool Chest Experiment

The Great Australian Tool Chest Experiment

I’ve been teaching classes on building “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” for two years now, and with every class I find some way of goosing the students a bit further along. Last year at The Woodwright’s School we actually got two of the 12 students completely over the finish line. This week, I hope to shatter … Read more »

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Screw this Anarchist’s Tool Chest Stuff

Screw this Anarchist’s Tool Chest Stuff

I’ve now built more than a dozen traditional tool chests entirely by hand. Hand-cut dovetails. Hand-cut mouldings. Hand-cut shiplaps and beads. Hand-cut blah blah blah. These chests take me about 40 to 50 hours of pedal-to-the-metal work to get ready for finish. Today, I built the entire shell and lid of a chest in less … Read more »

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Screw this Anarchist’s Tool Chest Stuff

Screw this Anarchist’s Tool Chest Stuff

I’ve now built more than a dozen traditional tool chests entirely by hand. Hand-cut dovetails. Hand-cut mouldings. Hand-cut shiplaps and beads. Hand-cut blah blah blah. These chests take me about 40 to 50 hours of pedal-to-the-metal work to get ready for finish. Today, I built the entire shell and lid of a chest in less … Read more »

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Lessons from Tools on High (the High Shelf, That is)

Lessons from Tools on High (the High Shelf, That is)

For the last three years I have been paring down my working tool set to the bare minimum by selling off or giving away many of the tools that I amassed while working at Popular Woodworking Magazine. It was so cathartic I wrote a book about it called “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” which is available … Read more »

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Efficient Backsaw Storage in a Tool Chest

Efficient Backsaw Storage in a Tool Chest

This weekend I finished work on a traveling version of my “Anarchist’s Tool Chest” that will fit in my hatchback and will carry (almost) a full set of tools. The last detail of the entire project was how to store the three backsaws that are essential to almost every kit: the tenon saw, carcase saw Continue reading»

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Cool Square. But What the Heck is it Used For?

Cool Square. But What the Heck is it Used For?

One of my favorite tools is the “English Layout Square” I built for the December 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Heck, I like it so much I put it on the cover of my book “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” built one on “The Woodwright’s Shop” and even had its shape engraved on the sidewall Continue reading»

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Make Wooden Chest Handles, the Woodwright’s Way

Make Wooden Chest Handles, the Woodwright’s Way

I have intended for 14 months to add handles to the chest I built for “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” And in fact, I had a pair of cool iron chest lifts that a kind reader sent me. But life and other projects kept getting in the way of making the gaping mortises for these cool Continue reading»
 

Build a Tool Chest at ‘The Woodwright’s School’

Monday's "Anarchist's Tool Chest" class "The Woodwright's School" was the first of five days of dovetailing. By the end of the week, everyone will be able to cut dovetails in their sleep. And we'll all be so tired that we might have to. Be sure to visit The Woodwright's School online. Click here to purchase Continue reading»
 

A Slightly Fancier Tool Chest

A Slightly Fancier Tool Chest
I examined lots of tool chests when researching “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” and found that their designs fell into two broad categories: 1. The plain and simple pine boxes with trays. 2. The pre-industrial monster truck chest with scantily clad tarts, parquetry, secret compartments and a bottle opener. You don’t see a lot of chests Continue reading»