I dislike making detailed cutting lists for complex projects. But I also don’t have the energy to fight about it. So let’s just pretend I didn’t write that first sentence.
Several readers have asked me for a cutting list for the tool chest featured in “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” And several more have asked me for plans to the smaller “Traveling Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” I’m almost done with the shell of the smaller chest – I just need to get the lid so it both looks right and doesn’t explode on you.
And so this evening while I sit in a nice Canadian motel room and wait for the inevitable moose attack, I created cutting lists for the exterior shells of both the full-size tool chest and its slightly smaller brother – all for your downloading pleasure.
Note that some of these part sizes are slightly different than those in the book. I did this so you can use 7/8” material (instead of 1”) and also so you will be able to fit the skirts and dust seals around the shell. Trust me on this. I’ve done this before.
I didn’t provide sizes for the interior parts because that would be a waste of 1s and 0s. Your chest will end up a certain size. The guts should then fit inside. A cut list will not help you.
— Christopher Schwarz
P.S. After you build your tool chest, don’t do what I did in the photo above. Especially by yourself. On a rainy day. With the chest fully loaded.
25 thoughts on “Cutting Lists for ‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ (and its Little Brother)”
I’m impressed that you were able to get the Big Chest into the Honda. But frankly I didn’t think you would be able to get it through the shop door. Reminds me of my friend Hank’s sailboat…
The picture looks like a funeral for an Oompa loompa.
That is EXACTLY what the border patrol guy said.
You need one of those rolling platforms that caskets go on, and you can raise it up to the correct height to load it with one hand. Then you need to put rollers in the back of the Honda. It’s also great for carpool.
Thanks for the list. I am still dithering between a plane cabinet or a tool cabinet or the tool chest. Either a cabinet or chest will require getting rid of a nice kennedy roll around chest and getting a copy of the ATC. BTW, how did your daughter like the 5-1/4?
I haven’t given her the plane yet. I wanted to sharpen up the Hock iron for her. I’ll post an entry when she gets to use it. I made her help me glue up chair parts all this week.
Chris I think this is the first Photo of the ATC I have seen from behind, showing the hinge stop detail. In your book your drawings suggest a skirt along the back of the top. But descriptions seemed to suggest otherwise? Is there actually a skirt down the back of the top or is it only wrapped on three edges?
The lid illustration in the first edition is incorrect. The seal is only on three edges. It is corrected in the second edition. The corrected drawing (and other corrections) are posted here:
How much does it actually weigh?
My back says… about 220 to 250 pounds.
You need to make a trip to Harborfreight to get a small shop crane (http://www.harborfreight.com/automotive-motorcycle/shop-cranes/2-ton-foldable-shop-crane-35915.html). That would save your back!
Does it make tracks in your wood floor? Those casters look pretty small.
Nope. Never a mark in the floor.
Chris, thanks for the cutting list. As you probably know, in the UK the first thing a timber merchant asks for when making any sort of enquiry about wood is a cutting list. I think it will help readers new to buying timber. I tend to put both parts lists and cutting lists on my drawings due to my Engineering background. The late Alan Peters always had a cutting list and full scale part drawings on his bench. It is the type of understated excellence demonstrated by your example of ‘timing’ the screws on p427 of ATC. It is not often that a book evolves in such an interesting way.
Lifting it fully loaded should be no big deal. You just need five other guys to help you. And a stretch limo for them to ride in as well.
“…wait for the inevitable moose attack…”
A Møøse once bit my sister…
møøse bites can be pretty nasti
I once was a møøse trainer…
Welcome to Canada, please enjoy yourself with our native ales and we’ll keep the native moose
at bay. Seriously, thank you for coming, I for one really appreciate all that you do for the world
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MMM me strong cave man.. What is that bulge in my pants? Thanks for the cut list Christopher and have fun in Canada.
Nicely done, but I am surprised. I thought you would have put the chest into the Honda, instead of hitching it to the back. You might want to put wheels on those sawhorses though – might cause a scene going on the highway, eh.
Come on and admit it. That’s really a Styrofoam version of the chest, isn’t it???? 😉
How about a simple ramp?
Have I missed the plans for the Traveling tool chest? I’m actually moving to Malaysia next year and would love to have some portable chests put together – thank you and love the book!
They about 80 percent done. I’m not happy with the lid. Stay tuned this week.
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