Tool Chest

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The Joy of Chests

I can build a six-board chest entirely by hand in about 10 hours of shop time. That time starts with one 8’-long and one 12’-long board and ends with a paint job. In fact, I just did. The above statement is not a boast. Instead, it is a way to encourage you to build...

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Build a Tool Chest at ‘The Woodwright’s School’

Monday’s “Anarchist’s Tool Chest” class “The Woodwright’s School” was the first of five days of dovetailing. By the end of the week, everyone will be able to cut dovetails in their sleep. And we’ll all be so tired that we might have to. Be sure to visit The Woodwright’s School online. Click here to...

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Psst, Hey Troublemaker. Wanna Buy a Book?

I am pleased to announce that ShopWoodworking.com now sells “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” a book that took me two years to write. And the process of writing this book so changed my perspective on the world that I stepped down as editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. The book has its critics, and I imagine...

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A Comedy of Errors

For the last couple weeks, we were scrambling to get ready for Woodworking in America. Now, we’re scrambling to get all the in-house stories written, and the freelance stories in, edited and designed for the December issue, for which the binder read-through is this Thursday. And I had to scramble to get the I...

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A Look at H.O. Studley’s Blades

When I inspect an antique tool – especially one that hasn’t been messed with much – I always take a look at the cutting edge. How was it sharpened? What is the shape of the edge? Did they do any work on the unbeveled face of the blade. Usually, the edges of most vintage...