Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

Books we Found – 50 Percent Off

During some annual inventory activity, John Hoffman and I turned up two cases of books we don’t sell anymore at Lost Art Press. These books aren’t doing anyone any good sitting in a warehouse, so we’re offering them at 50 … Continue reading

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Anarchist’s Tool Chest – Eagle Edition

Woodworker Matt Czegan sent these photos of his recently completed tool chest. Love the eagle – and the extra detailing on the drawers. I’ve always meant to do something with the panel of my chest’s lid, perhaps a veneered panel … Continue reading

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Long-overdue Tool Chest Storage Stuff

I used to have a nice presentation for my students on the different kinds of storage schemes they might consider for their tool chests. I somehow lost that presentation this year. I deleted it, overwrote it and lit it on … Continue reading

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Photos from the Tool Chest Class in Port Townsend

I don’t know how many tool chests I’ve built or helped build since 2011 when “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” was published. But I can tell you this: Every class is both brutal and special. I finished up teaching my latest … Continue reading

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Only in Port Townsend

This morning I walked to a coffee shop in Port Townsend, Wash., to jolt myself awake. And as the barista handed me my cup he looked at my shirt. “Is that ‘A’ for ‘anarchy?’” he asked. “Why yes it is,” … Continue reading

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11 Carcases in 2 Days

This week at The Woodwright’s School, we had a new “first” when it comes to making Anarchist’s Tool Chests. All 10 students (plus the instructor) had their tool chest carcases assembled by the end of the day Tuesday, the second … Continue reading

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Hey Buddy, Wanna Buy a Tool Chest?

The owner of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking is selling the tool chest that I built during a class there earlier this month. The chest is built from clear Eastern white pine. The carcase and skirts are completely dovetailed. … Continue reading

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‘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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