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‘The Anarchist’s Tool Chest’ Available in German

Thanks to two industrious woodworkers, “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” has become our first book to be translated into another language. Titled “Die Werkzeugkiste des Anarchisten,” the book is published by HolzWerken and is now available for sale. It was translated … Continue reading

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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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