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Can We Make it to the Bottom?

Welcome to the third day of first grade.

We are building a chest, ha ha. It’s a big chest, hee hee. And after we slam our chest together we make our bottoms real smooth (snort!), and make small holes in our bottoms (gak!).

And I won’t make a joke about bottoms getting nailed. Nope. I have too much dignity about using a joke about a bum.

Day three of every woodworking class is when people loosen up, drop their polite facades and start to let their real personalities emerge. Bad jokes ensue. Teasing begins. And that is usually the day when someone – not me – begins to smell a bit funky.

OK, this time it is me. What is that smell?

— Christopher Schwarz

P.S. These chests are the full-size, real-deal examples of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” from the book of the same name. The form is based on research I did on about 50 or so chests. The book has both delighted and enraged readers. You can read more about the book at ShopWoodworking.com.

5 thoughts on “Can We Make it to the Bottom?

  1. Ronald_T

    Man, I’ll bet the rim shots were going off in your head while you edited this one, Chris. Really? “Wait, will if fit?” And the casual observer, nicely done. Haa Haa!

    I don’t know what’s more disturbing… The fact that I laughed at all the “subtle” inyourendo or that I expected the next scene to include a model train shop and tunnels. Must be an Ohio thing.

    As always you entertain and educate. Who says working wood is not a blast? Ba dum dum! Thanks for sharing!

    Ron

  2. texasbelliott

    There’s nothing like enjoying the first cup of coffee of the day, and watching a C. Schwarz class video. Great stuff indeed.

    Love the music this time. I kept expecting to see Steam Boat Willie peek around the corner of a workbench.

    bE

  3. nateswoodworks

    I love the videos you post of the classes as it really gives us the idea of what its like, but it makes the jealousy swell inside as well. Some year I hope to be in one of your classes. So did the chest fit and how about when the moulding is on??

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