Category Archives: The Anarchist’s Tool Chest

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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A Trimming Trick and a Degree Change

Getting the lid, the dust seal, the carcase and the top skirt of the tool chest all working in tandem requires some care. Small errors compound quickly. In the end, the lid should overhang the carcase by about 1/16” on … Continue reading

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My Favorite Detail on the Tool Chest

One of the other small design changes I’ve made to my tool chest design is to bevel the top edge of the lid’s panel. It’s a 30° bevel with a 1/16” flat at the edge. On the original chest, I … Continue reading

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