Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

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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English Tool Chests in England

The No. 1 question I get from students in my tool chest classes: “Aren’t you tired of building tool chests?” That’s like asking a delivery-room doctor: “Aren’t you tired of delivering babies?” Helping woodworkers build a tool chest and workbench … Continue reading

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Credit in the Straight World: A Review in Make Magazine

Stuart Deutsch wrote a short review of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” for the August/September 2014 issue of Make magazine, which is usually about building projects involving high technology. In the review, Deutsch writes: “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” is not your … Continue reading

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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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Dutch Tool Chest Meets the Anarchist’s Square

Woodworker Aaron Marshall took my Dutch Tool Chest class at The Woodwright’s School this week and added a slot in the shelf to hold his English Square, which is featured on the cover of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” The slot … Continue reading

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