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Rethinking the Traditional Tool Chest

When it comes to most things in woodworking, I’m an easy-going guy. But not with tool chests. I’m OK if you make your sliding dovetails with a router. I’m just Jim Dandy if you sand, scrape or plane your finished surfaces – we all end up at the same place (with differing amounts of...

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Tool Chests for Ladies & Gentlemen

Though I like to work out of a full-size tool chest (38” x 24” x 24”), it’s obvious that a chest like that would be too big for a job-site carpenter or for someone who needs to do only household repairs. So during the 18th and 19th centuries, ironmongers offered a range of tool...

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My Favorite Tool from the H.O. Studley Tool Chest

Making woodworking tools doesn’t interest me as much as making furniture, but my recent encounter with Henry O. Studley’s tool chest has me eyeing the metals section of the  McMaster-Carr web site. The tool that turned my head is small and simple, but boy do I have a crush on it. It’s a locking...

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The Adjustable-height Tool Chest

The adjustable-height outfeed table – done. An adjustable-height bench – check, done. The adjustable-height miter-saw stand – done and done. And now, the adjustable-height tool chest. Tool collector and woodworker John Sindelar brought lots of crazy, beautiful and rare tools to Woodworking in America last weekend. But none was more unusual than the adjustable-height...

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Video: Building a Tool Chest, Day 5

The last day of the tool chest class at Dictum workshops was supposed to be all about the lid. One lid in one day. Easy. Well as it turned out, the last day of the tool chest class was about visitors. Toshio Odate stopped by on his way to Passau to see the workshop...

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A Most Unusual Tool Chest

I’ve always liked artwork and woodworking pieces that were executed by someone with a good deal of talent but a lack of formal training. Some people call this “outsider” work, so I guess that makes a lot of us outsiders. Recently, tool seller Patrick Leach sent me some photos of an interesting tool chest...

Fun Reading: 'The Carpenter's Tool Chest'

“A craftsman is one who understands his tools and uses them with skill and honesty. It does not matter whether his tool is a chisel or a planing machine, it is the work that he does with it that counts and you today can be as good a workman in the carpenter’s craft as...

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The Stupidest Glue-up Ever

If you love to read about people screwing up, this post is for you. This week I’m shooting a DVD in the Popular Woodworking studio on building a traditional 18th-century tool chest (it should be out by mid-March). Building one of these chests alone in my shop is a 40-hour sprint-a-thon. Building it along...

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Improve the Grip of all Your Vises: $10

For many years I’ve lined the jaws of all my vises with sueded leather to improve their grip. Whenever I mention that I do this, I get a barrage of questions: Where do you buy suede? (Really? Any craft store, fabric store, Tandy etc.) What glue do you use? (Any glue. Hide, yellow glue,...