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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: Make a Joint Stool from a Tree
This is an excerpt from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee. Now we can return to the framing parts, starting with the stiles. The first step is to layout the mortises. We’ll outline these … Continue reading
An excerpt from “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree” by Jennie Alexander and Peter Follansbee. Most joined stools have a bit of turned decoration between the squared blocks containing the joinery. This turned work is simple enough, but entire … Continue reading
Good news: All of the orders for “The Anarchist’s Design Book” shipped out today. We thank you for both your patience and your impatience. We hope the book will be worth your wait. I barely remember our book-release party on … Continue reading
Peter Follansbee, one of the authors of “Make a Joint Stool from a Tree,” dug up some photos of historical examples of chairs that Randle Holme drew in the 17th century. The photos of chairs are here. Peter also wrote … Continue reading
I’ve never seen him drink tea. But perhaps that’s because I’m always drinking beer. Check it out here. — Christopher Schwarz
Jennie Alexander requested that I show a photo of her bench hook (aka planing stop) that is made with a bit of saw steel. If you look close you can see the mortise she cut in front of the wooden … Continue reading