Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

Tool Chest: ‘Dog Bone’ Lifts

When I built my chest for “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” I didn’t include any chest lifts. Why? I don’t know. I had planned on making some intricate rope beckets. But I didn’t. I guess I’m just an idiot. Months later, … Continue reading

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How Much Does That Tool Chest Weigh?

When I post photos of my tool chest, there’s a 50 percent chance someone will ask me how much it weighs. My usual and honest answer: I don’t know. It weighs a lot. Two people can easily move it, however. … Continue reading

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The Tools in my Chest, 2018

Readers frequently ask for a list of tools I have in my chest with brand names, tool sizes and short comments on the efficacy of each tool. I hesitate to do this because a lot of my tools are dictated … Continue reading

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Tool Chest: Changes to the Sawtill

One of the significant changes to the interior of the tool chests I build for customers is how the sawtill is constructed. The original from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” was built like a few chests I had observed with a … Continue reading

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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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