The Anarchist's Anarchist Tool Chest

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Blog entry by clperdue4342 posted 05-26-2017 09:22 PM 1777 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, there’s supposed to be two “anarchists” in the title. Perhaps I’m confused.

I’ve read a bit about the anarchist’s tool chest. I started with a tool chest similar to the common anarchist’s tool chest, though at the time I didn’t know I was an anarchist. That box held a Black and Decker “skilsaw”, a Craftsman plunge router, a pair of drills (B&D and Craftsman), a Stanley handsaw, a Bailey #4 plane, and a square.

I built a considerable amount of shoddy projects with these tools: dog houses, patio tables, uncomfortable chairs, end tables that rocked (back and forth, not like AC/DC), and shelves in every room where one would fit. That box spent many days in the bed of my truck. I wasn’t clever enough to put the “rot” rails on the bottom, and eventually, my box died. Most of those tools have died too.

This leads me to my Anarchist’s Anarchist tool chest (AATC). Over the years, my tool collection has evolved. With income came improvement. And like all tool hounds I got carried away. Many of these tools sat on shelves in my garage in their own dedicated, unremarkable, plastic boxes, taking up an extraordinary amount of space. So I decided to build my AATC. The AATC is filled with power tools, hence the extra “anarchist”. It will probably give Chris Schwartz and Roy Underhill stomach ulcers, should they even come across this obscure musing, but the box suits my needs. I share with you because maybe it suits your needs too. It’s a work in progress at the moment, but I think I know where I’m going with it.

I have a bit of sanding to do and I’ve yet to pick a color. More pics to come.


There are three tills, two in the rear and one in the front. The one in the front was an afterthought; it’s main purpose is to keep the other two aft tills from sliding around while the chest may be in transit.

That black Craftsman drill is from my original starter tool chest. It’s still going! jinx

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#1 posted 05-27-2017 12:47 AM

That looks like super efficient storage and organization, at least to me. Keeping the tools close at hand sure makes you more likely to use them :) It looks like a nice, clean project—congrats!

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#2 posted 05-27-2017 03:05 AM

From what I see, you might as well paint it Dewalt yellow!

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#3 posted 05-27-2017 12:28 PM

No need to feel bad about putting power tools in them. I have a couple of saw benches I built and one of them has a few “tracks” in it from the skill saw. The box is a fine way to store your tools and keep them handy, what ever the tools may be. Nice build!

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#4 posted 06-11-2017 03:40 PM

Thanks for the comments. The box is done. You can see the finished project here.

The paint is a Benjamin Moore waterborne alkyd. The color is called federal blue.

-- I thought that's what we were doing!

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 04:14 AM

This is awesome, I was actually just thinking about doing something like this when I stumbled across your post. I move a lot for work so wall mounted storage solutions seems like a waste but this could come with me.

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