My Favorite Detail on the Tool Chest


One of the other small design changes I’ve made to my tool chest design is to bevel the top edge of the lid’s panel. It’s a 30° bevel with a 1/16” flat at the edge.

On the original chest, I merely rounded the panel’s corner with a block plane. It looks OK, but this bevel looks much better. By the way, the bevel on the panel is an echo of the 30° bevel on the chest’s skirts.

It’s Friday, and so my head is full of cottage cheese. When the cheese clears, I’ll write up an explanation of how the lid works. I’ve probably had more questions about that aspect of the chest than any other.


Personal Note
If you follow the comments on this blog, you might have noticed a little back-and-forth with a reader about some details of the chest. This entry is not to shame the reader – honest, Stan – but instead to explain how I deal with comments.

I don’t (and honestly cannot) answer every question that is lobbed at me on the blog, Facebook, Instagram or via vacuum tube. Here’s why:

Many questions are from the Google-impaired. Rather than shame them, I hope my silence encourages them to look for the answer on their own.

Sometimes answering a question will only encourage trolling, or will drag decent readers into a troll fight. I steer clear of those briar patches.

Sometimes I decline to answer questions directly and instead try to elucidate what I think is important about the question (and not the direct answer). I do this for a variety of reasons, including the fact that sometimes what I write gets taken out of context and spread around the Internet like cow dung.

And sometimes I don’t know the answer, so I just let the question be.

I don’t mean to be indirect or inscrutable, I simply took too many Zen Buddhism classes in college.

— Christopher Schwarz

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12 Responses to My Favorite Detail on the Tool Chest

  1. Kansas John says:

    Namu Amida Buddha.


  2. johncashman73 says:

    Don’t forget to make sure your inscrutables are clocked.


  3. Stan says:


    I apologize if there was a misunderstanding. My dissatisfaction was not aimed at you, but at the presumptuous guy in the dress.

    I understand you are very busy. Inscrutable is OK. Your answers were mostly informative, and I thank you for them.

    LAP products are high quality, and age well. Please continue to produce them, and to share your adventures. I will continue to purchase, and yes, actually read them. (ツ) I live outside the US, and so don’t purchase from you directly, but via family in the US, or from L-N who ship overseas.

    I hope your knees have recovered from your Zen studies. Polish any bricks into mirrors? If so, what grit of brick did you find most effective? Oops, two more questions …. Perhaps they will lead to enlightenment?

    Keep up the good work.



    • Stan says:


      Just ordered 2 more LAP books from Lie-Nielson. Shipping costs more than the most costly of the books. Please figure out a way to do international shipping.



  4. Brian G Miller says:

    Yes, I do like this top better.


  5. Dan says:

    Jeez that’s beautiful


  6. Quercus Robur says:

    Very nice, would definitely look better on my chest, which followed the original instructions quite religiously in this part of the build (forgive me, father, for I have not disobeyed…)
    Both versions, though, would get chewed up when you mishandle some heavy and pointy stuff in the vicinity. Ask me how do I know.


  7. Bob Jones says:

    I teach a hand plane class locally. Once after class I was asked what type of mobile base I would suggest for a table saw. I literally didn’t know how to reply and don’t think it mattered. 😄


  8. jack says:

    perfect answer


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