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Christopher Schwarz – Make a Traditional English Tool Chest



Build storage tailored for traditional tools.

Learn how to make this full-size traditional English tool chest based on period examples. Christopher Schwarz guides you step-by-step through the techniques to make this sturdy chest. It has plenty of room for the 50 or so hand tools you need to build just about anything – plus, it protects your tools from harmful dust.

In this woodworking video you’ll learn:

  • Must-know basics for preparing wood
  • How to cut the dovetails that join the carcase
  • Joinery for a solid lid that seals out dust and dirt
  • How to add period-appropriate hardware
  • Simple storage solutions to maximize space inside your completed tool chest
  • The steps to add border details to your piece
  • And much more!

When you’re done, you’ll have a showcase project that properly protects your most valuable investment – your tools.

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About the Host:

Christopher Schwarz is a former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, where he worked between 1996 and 2011. He is now a contributing editor to the magazine and is the editor at Lost Art Press. He has produced numerous DVDs for Popular Woodworking and for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks on traditional skills. Christopher is also the author of “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” and “The Anarchist’s Design Book” (Lost Art Press), among many other books.

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220 minutes

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Part 1 of Video 1.1 GB, Part 2 of Video 1.4 GB, ZIP Folder of Extras 8.2 MB




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