Note: Here at Lost Art Press we spare no expense in sending Jeff Burks to the far reaches of the globe, searching through mythic dungeons and archives to uncover the most amazing information regarding the art of Woodworking. On one such expedition Jeff was in the dark and dank basement of Roy Underhill’s workshop where he discovered a loose floorboard. Encrusted by 30 years of wood shavings, he uncovered an Oak box which gave evidence of a mystic secret society of woodworkers. This vast group was run by a three-fingered shop teacher by the name of Daniel McDara. The writings to his minions were called The History of Wood. Jeff was able to retrieve this record and is now able to share it here. It is sometimes difficult to decipher, but to preserve the integrity of the find, the history has been left in its original format. Obviously hand scrawled, but filled with arcane secrets of the craft. I should also point out that this group appears to have been involved with doing demonstrations of some sort, and the “Military” that is being referred to are re-enactors, not our armed forces.
When it comes to the issue of transporting a fully constructed Anarchist’s Tool Chest home, not every woodworker owns a truck. And even though the finished dimensions of the chest are easy to calculate, some people’s eyes are bigger than their Impalas.
I have had to do some wacky things to chests to get them into cars. On a few of the weirder ones, I am sworn to secrecy. Among the less weird:
• Shrink-wrapping it to the top of a Honda, “Beverly Hillbillies” style.
• Building it completely without glue so it can be flat-packed like Ikea stuff.
• Abandoning it at the school!
This week student David Eads pulled another common trick: Taking the car door off the hinges to get just enough space to sneak the chest into the back seat of a sedan. The whole process took 10 minutes. Tips: Have a box below the door and helpers so you can remove the door gently without destroying the wiring or dropping the door on the ground (this has happened.)
I head home on Sunday with this tool chest on my mind. We are getting the electronic files ready for our sixth printing of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” Love it or hate it, this is the book that let me quit my job. So thank you for buying it.
— Christopher Schwarz