Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

‘I’d Rather Have a Rat in my Mouth’

Several readers have asked how far the students in my tool chest class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking got on Friday afternoon. Everyone got their lids complete. About four or five people got the dust seal on. Honestly, … Continue reading

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Debasing the Dovetails

The real challenge in teaching a class on “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” is this: How can I make woodworkers cut dovetails as fast (and accurate) as possible? When I first began teaching tool chest classes, we weren’t able to glue … Continue reading

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One Opening in an ‘Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ Class

Because a student had to cancel, there is one spot open in my tool chest class on Aug. 5-9 at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. This is the only opening in a tool chest class until 2014 I believe. … Continue reading

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The ‘Traitor’s Tool Chest’ DVD Only $12 (Hurry)

When I make a DVD, the producers always give me a certain number of free copies to give to my mom or (in the case of some really dull DVDs) to use as drink coasters. As a result, I have … Continue reading

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I Like Chests (Though You Might Have a Nice Rack)

I am wed and bred to the traditional tool chest. I’ve been working out of one since 1996 and have no plans to suddenly switch to storing my tools in stacking rubber boxes. Sure, I’ve experimented with other systems (like … Continue reading

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What Would Never be Recovered

“This or that quiet place, the home of peace, was turned into a ghastly battle-field, with the naked and maimed corpses of trees lying about. Bad enough, all this was. Still, trees might grow again; the hollows might recover their … Continue reading

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Tool Chests: Dutch vs. English

Question: What made you decide that you liked the Dutch tool chest design in favor of the one in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest?” Answer: I don’t prefer the Dutch chest. This Q&A was repeated at least 20 times on Friday … Continue reading

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12 Tool Chests, 5 Days, 1 Tired American

When I teach woodworking classes, I am sometimes asked the following question: Do you consider yourself first a writer or a woodworker? I don’t have an answer to that question. I have to do both things just about every day … Continue reading

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Catch Up With Narayan Nayar

Narayan Nayar has revived his long-slumbering blog, etherfarm.com. Narayan is a frequent contributor to Lost Art Press products – he’s photographing the H.O. Studley chest, he created the chapter-opening photos for “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” and has helped me gain … Continue reading

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Why You Should Work With a Blacksmith

Yesterday I put the finishing touches on my traveling Dutch tool chest: strap hinges and a hasp made by John Switzer of Black Bear Forge. Of course, the metalwork looks fantastic and correct on this old-style piece. But beyond the … Continue reading

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