Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

The ‘Juicy Lucy’ School of Glue

While at David Savage’s shop, Rowden, a couple years ago we assembled a bunch of dovetailed tool chests using hot hide glue. That’s not weird. What was weird was how some of the students applied the glue. They brushed the … Continue reading

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The Dirty, Trembling & Troublesome Tills

You might look at the photo above and say: “Schwarz is a slob. Look at the mess of tools piled in his tills.” I don’t see things that way – open tills allow you great flexibility. The only problem is … Continue reading

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Tool Chest Updates: The Innards

During the last five years, I’ve made considerable changes to the innards of the tool chests I build for customers. Most of these changes are details, really, but they are informed by the fact that I work out of a … Continue reading

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A Trimming Trick and a Degree Change

Getting the lid, the dust seal, the carcase and the top skirt of the tool chest all working in tandem requires some care. Small errors compound quickly. In the end, the lid should overhang the carcase by about 1/16” on … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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An Important Change to the Skirts

The moulding profile on the skirts surrounding the tool chest can be almost any profile – I’ve used everything from a chamfer to an ogee to a square ovolo. After much fussing, I’ve settled on a 30° bevel that suits … Continue reading

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Save a Day on Your Bottom

Making the bottom boards of a tool chest is straightforward work. For years I made tongue-and-groove boards using rough pine and beaded the tongue side. Then, I visited Menards. This home center giant carries 1 x 8 x 8’ pine … Continue reading

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