Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

The Tool Chest Factory

When I wrote “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” I didn’t think a single person would actually build the chest shown in the book. That’s why I greatly condensed my construction instructions, and I eliminated chapters for a traveling version and a … Continue reading

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This Way Sinners

Memory is a damn funny thing. It can be as impossible to hold onto as a handful of water. And yet you can drown in a cup of it. Today I went to pick up a load of sugar pine … Continue reading

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Consider the Used Tool Chest

Though you might find this odd, a sizable chunk of my commission work is building tool chests and workbenches for people. When customers first approached me with these jobs, I resisted. My response was: You’re a woodworker; you can build … Continue reading

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Don’t Blow it on the Lid

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz.  There are several ways to make the lid. Some work great. Some are quite stupid. Let’s start with the stupid ways first. When I built my first tool chest, I … Continue reading

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Block Planes

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz. You can build furniture without a block plane. But why should you? The block plane is one of the greatest hand-tool inventions of the Industrial Revolution, in my opinion. With … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Storage Solution

This week I had to spend two hours in the dentist’s chair. And if that wasn’t bad enough, I was “Clockwork Orange-d” into watching two hours of a TV program about creative storage solutions for the home. Some of the … Continue reading

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In Which You are an Indiscriminate Sponge

In “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” I tried to show how woodworking journalists are treated like geese being prepared for foie gras. During my 15-year tenure I was force-fed tools, jigs and meaningless innovations (see also Bench Cookies) to fill the … Continue reading

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