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Block Planes

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz. You can build furniture without a block plane. But why should you? The block plane is one of the greatest hand-tool inventions of the Industrial Revolution, in my opinion. With … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Storage Solution

This week I had to spend two hours in the dentist’s chair. And if that wasn’t bad enough, I was “Clockwork Orange-d” into watching two hours of a TV program about creative storage solutions for the home. Some of the … Continue reading

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In Which You are an Indiscriminate Sponge

In “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” I tried to show how woodworking journalists are treated like geese being prepared for foie gras. During my 15-year tenure I was force-fed tools, jigs and meaningless innovations (see also Bench Cookies) to fill the … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Let Me Be Understood

Handworks 2017 was a blur of faces, handshakes and hugs with people I haven’t seen in ages. It also was a chance to meet a new crop of hard-core woodworkers, people in their 20s who are determined and talented – … Continue reading

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Infill Planes

This is an excerpt from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz. These planes earn their name because they consist of a metal shell that has been “infilled” with wood. And they also have been “infilled” with a fair amount of mystical … Continue reading

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‘Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ Back in Black

We’ve just ordered our ninth (!!) printing of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” and will return to the black cloth cover. The red cover was a one-time thing for the fifth anniversary of the book’s release. It might also please/vex you … Continue reading

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The Last of the Tool Chest Posters

While straightening up the stockroom at our storefront last week, I made a startling discovery under a pile of posters promoting “Calvin Cobb” Radio Woodworker!” It was a thick stack of letterpress tool chest posters for “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” … Continue reading

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