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LostArtPress on InstagramWhile the bottom sections of tool chests are fairly consistent, what happens at the top of each chest varies a bit more. The simplest solution is to divide the upper section into a number of trays that slide forward and back. Two or three trays are typical, and their number depends on how tall your chest is. Chests that have trays that slide left and right are out there, though they are more rare. Why? Hard to say, exactly. I’ve never worked with a tool chest with this arrangement, so I’m only guessing here. But I think that left-to-right-trays would get in the way of removing the long tools from the bottom of the chest. It would be a bit of wrist gymnastics to get a 30"-long jointer plane or 32”- long handsaw from the bottom of the chest with half of the airspace above being occupied by trays. Also, and this is a minor point, I want to be able to see all my moulding plane profiles at once. Left-to-right-trays would always keep half of the planes obscured. Maybe that’s not a big deal to some woodworkers, but it is important to me. The trays slide forward and back on runners that are nailed and glued to the sides of the chest. These runners are like shallow steps up the side of the chest so that each tray can be pulled up and out of the chest if you need to repair it or mess around with some serious business below. Trust me on this – you don’t want your trays to be a permanent installation. — from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz #The_Anarchists_Tool_ChestAn Irish chair in three acts. Act 1: Hey Megan, I just dry-assembled this Gibson chair. As you are more Irish than I, you can sit in it first. Act 2: Megan sits in it and says: Nope. Gets up and leaves the room. Act 3: Megan returns with Paddy whisky. Sits. Takes a swig and says: Aye.It’s our first sale since we started Lost Art Press In 2007. We are selling Roubo’s “The Book of Plates” for $49 — down from $120. When they are gone, they are gone forever. We are not reprinting this book. Visit our website for all the details. Link to the book in our profile.
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Category Archives: Ingenious Mechanicks
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. Throw the Bench Down the Well It’s not unusual to find Roman artifacts stashed in wells. Archaeologists have recovered thousands of tools, domestic goods, nails and even coins from the bottoms of Roman wells. … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. Many visitors to my shop are intrigued by the low Roman-style workbenches (especially the children, who play Whac-A-Mole with the pegs). The most frequent questions I hear are: Were the Romans Lilliputians? And is this low … Continue reading
In our research for “Ingenious Mechanicks,” we translated parts of a codex from 1505 that was written and illustrated by Martin Löffelholz. In it, Löffelholz showed what are likely the first modern workbenches with a tail vise and face vise. … Continue reading
Many of you have been asking about some of our newer titles, with specific questions about content and wondering if these books are right for you. So we have assembled pdf excerpts for each of these books, which you are … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. Sometimes I wonder why I research old workbenches, build them and write about them. I know my critics and friends wonder the same thing. The truth is, I have a gland – well, it feels … Continue reading
This is an excerpt from “Ingenious Mechanicks” by Christopher Schwarz. The first time I saw the bench in Peter Nicholson’s “Mechanic’s Companion” (1831), I thought: That’s not right – the benchtop has only a planing stop. There are no holes for holdfasts, dogs or other … Continue reading
One of the curious frustrations in researching “Ingenious Mechanicks” was reading the reports from archaeologists who speculated on how woodworking tools were used or objects were made. It became obvious that some of these guys didn’t know the difference between … Continue reading