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I’m putting the finishing exterior touches on my “Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” though I’m still deciding whether or not to add a lock. But I knew I wanted chest lifts (also known as handles) – even though this chest is going to live in my home shop and not get moved about; the thing just wouldn’t look right to my eye without them.

After a fruitless search on eBay and other sites for the “perfect” lifts, I turned to John Switzer at Black Bear Forge, with a picture of some rather plebeian antique lifts that I thought would be just exciting enough to break up the expanse of gray/blue milk paint on the chest sides, but not so fancy that they’d look out of place on a shop piece.

I finally got the panel saw storage installed last weekend.

I finally got the panel-saw storage installed last weekend.

Then, I posted a picture of the toggles I cut to keep my panel saw in place underneath the lid. Well John saw that post, and pinged me with a (brilliant) idea: “How about chest lifts to match?” I couldn’t envision it – but John and his wife, Janet, could.


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