Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

The Anarchist’s Litter Box

While some critics put my work on par with cat poo, few have ever considered that my work could actually contain and control feline fecal matter. But reader John Notis of Portland, Ore., is a visionary. While he prefers a … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Team, DZ-015

I avoid dealing with large organizations whenever possible, and that is because I am not Chinese. Somewhere, somehow, some nutjob in the Cincinnati medical community put a note in my file years ago that my preferred language is “Chinese (Mandarin).” … Continue reading

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Why Our Books are Sewn and Casebound

In one word: Charlie. We will let furniture maker Christopher Scott explain: “This was the work of my workshop dog Charlie, a curly retriever x lab. I have to admit this book not only got read by Charlie, but it … Continue reading

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The Anarchist’s Tool Chest of Marco Terenzi

I keep every Anarchist’s Tool Chest photograph that readers have sent me through the years. I’ve seen my tool chest designs painted with flowers. I’ve seen it painted electric purple. With a Kleenex dispenser in the front wall. But that … Continue reading

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The ‘New Anarchist’ Tool Chests

Asking a newly minted woodworker to build an Anarchist Tool Chest in five days is about like asking them to grow a tail. During a five-day class, most students are working on the lid when we run out of time. … Continue reading

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I am an American Anarchist

And so she asks: “What does it mean? ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest?’” I take a deep breath and purse my lips a bit. I get asked this question a lot, especially by non-woodworkers, people who haven’t read “The Anarchist’s Tool … Continue reading

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Another Greenville, Another Magic Mart

People gripe about traveling abroad, especially for work. I don’t get it. Here is how it’s done. 1. Take yourself on a “date.” Jet lag is easy to conquer with modern chemistry. I tell people that I give myself a … Continue reading

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