Author Archives: Chris Schwarz

About Chris Schwarz

Publisher of woodworking books and DVDs specializing in hand tool techniques.

Tools to Make the Anarchist’s Tool Chest

The following is a list I should have made four years ago when I first started teaching people how to build the full-size tool chest in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” Apologies for the delay. Here are the tools you need. … Continue reading

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Campaign Birdhouse (And a Movie)

Campaign birdhouse. It is real. Check it out on my blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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One (or Two) of Jonathan Fisher’s Workbenches

Jonathan Fisher built a number of workbenches during his life in Blue Hill, Maine, according to woodworker Joshua Klein, who has studied Fisher’s journal in detail. One of Fisher’s workbenches is a lightweight model that uses a basic Nicholson construction … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 10

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Jonathan Fisher’s Tool Chest (and Tools)

Immediately after arriving in Maine last week, Thomas Lie-Nielsen took me and some of his key employees to the Farnsworth Art Museum in nearby Rockland, Maine. The trip was to view the tools contained in Jonathan Fisher’s tool chest.   … Continue reading

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Melencolia Squares from Neil Cronk

Woodworker Neil Cronk of Nova Scotia has begun making Melencolia-style squares as shown in Albrecht Dürer’s famous print “Melencolia I.” The square, shown in the bottom-left corner of the print, is of a style that has all but vanished. I’ve … Continue reading

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The Year of the Ankle-biters

The state of Maine has some amazing wildlife. And it, whatever it is, is biting me. This week I’m in midcoast Maine to film a DVD on building a Dutch Tool Chest and attend the Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Open House on … Continue reading

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The Canadian Gravity Latch

Ric “Formerly Anonymous” Archibald made a cool little locking system for his Dutch Tool Chest. He calls it the “Gravity Latch.” Ric, like a fair number of students, made a Dutch tool chest before taking the class on making the … Continue reading

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18 Chests, 144 Dovetails and 0 Clamps

Today we had to assemble 18 dovetailed Dutch tool chests during a two-hour period. We had glue. We had mallets. But we didn’t have any clamps that were long enough. So we fetched the hammers and the nails. When you … Continue reading

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Jonathan Fisher. Begin the Begin

People often ask: “Where do you get your ideas?” And people often ask: “Do you really like to travel so much?” The answer to each question is wrapped up in the other question. Then dipped in batter. And deep fried. … Continue reading

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