While I think a tool chest is the best place to store your tools, the chest can also become a rusty tomb if you aren’t careful. Woodworking shops can be nasty places. I’ve worked in unheated garages, damp basements, former warehouses and sheds with dirt floors. And when I inspect old tool chests, it’s common … Read more
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The dovetailed skirt around the carcase of a tool chest (or blanket chest) is fussy to fit. The case has to be square and plumb. The skirting material has to be flat and square. And you have to get the joint’s baselines in just the right place. And even when you do all that, you … Read more
When you’ve worked out of a traditional tool chest for 15 years, you sometimes forget how excellent it is to work from. That is, until you teach others how to build the chest. This week, I’m at Roy Underhill’s woodworking school, “The Woodwright’s School.” This is the last class I’m teaching in 2012 (aside from … Read more
This weekend I finished work on a traveling version of my “Anarchist’s Tool Chest” that will fit in my hatchback and will carry (almost) a full set of tools. The last detail of the entire project was how to store the three backsaws that are essential to almost every kit: the tenon saw, carcase saw … Read more
I’ve hauled my tool chest all over the United States and Canada, and I remain impressed – deeply impressed – by how it has handled all the miles. I’ve even dropped it from a height of 36” – fully loaded – onto concrete. One corner of the chest’s dust seal splintered a bit, but the … Read more
With the carcases of the chests assembled, all that was left was to nail on the bottom boards and the battens designed to rot before the bottom. Oh, and we had to dovetail the lower skirt and upper skirt. And build the lid. And dovetail the dust seal around that. No problem, really. So we … Read more
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 purchase … Read more