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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: Projects
Today I applied the finish to my latest Welsh stick chair and opted for a blend of linseed oil and beeswax made by Swede Paint Enterprises. During the last year it has become one of my favorite finishes for traditional … Continue reading
One of the advantages (or curses) of studying a lot of old furniture is you can feel certain designs tug at you as you work on a piece. This weekend I got a little time to work on this Hall’s … Continue reading
This chest is a close reproduction of a traditional joiner’s tool chest. Chris designed the chest and constructed the box portion during a course he taught with us several years ago. I (Jim Tolpin) finished it by building the lid … Continue reading
I don’t sleep as well when I have French workbench in pieces in my shop. Even a little wood movement in the joints can make assembly a bear, or at least a ticked-off warthog. Yesterday I fit the legs in … Continue reading
Sometimes I forget the unwritten rule of woodworking blogging: If you don’t show the finished project then everyone assumes you failed and threw the thing in the trash. Earlier this year I wrote about some Japanese sliding-lid boxes I was … Continue reading
Only once in the last 21 years have I gotten my act together during the holidays and made woodworking gifts for friends and family. Except for that “cutting boards Christmas” I’ve been too swamped with making a living to do … Continue reading