Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

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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Glue the Skirt to a Tool Chest

The most stressful part of building a tool chest is gluing the lower skirt to the carcase. The fit has to be perfect. If it’s not, the skirt won’t go on at all (this happened to a student once). Or … Continue reading

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Tool Chest Details – Dovetails

This isn’t a tutorial on dovetails. The world needs another one of those like we need another portal to hell below an abandoned Chi-Chi’s. Instead, this blog entry is about some of the details that are specific to making a … Continue reading

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Before the Dovetails – Stock Prep for a Tool Chest

Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about the details of tool chest construction. When building a tool chest, it’s tempting to get to the dovetailing as soon as possible. However, the work you do before the dovetailing … Continue reading

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