Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

Boarded Tool Chest After 50 Months of Abuse

As I revise and expand “The Anarchist’s Design Book,” I’m also examining the pieces I built for it five years ago to see if I can learn anything to improve them. The Boarded Tool Chest in Chapter 15 is one … Continue reading

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Just Thanks

Today I signed off on the 11th printing of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” Since 2011, we have printed nearly 30,000 copies of this book. In big-boy-pants publishing terms, that number represents a total and utter failure. Also a failure: Telling … Continue reading

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If I Dropped Dead Tomorrow

“I try to keep in mind that if I dropped dead tomorrow, all of my acrylic workplace awards would be in the trash the next day, and my job would be posted in the paper before my obituary.” — Bernie … Continue reading

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Build Furniture, Newspaper-style

While my colleagues in journalism would like to think we occupy a white-collar profession – like doctors or lawyers – history would disagree. Before the Watergate era, journalism was a trade occupied by people with a high school education or … Continue reading

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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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