Anarchist's Tool Chest

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Project by Therockingestlobster posted 05-10-2015 04:42 AM 2163 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My dog, Cassie, died the day I purchased the wood for the body of the chest. When I finished it, I burned her name into the lid. She was an absolute sweetheart so I thought it would be a good way to remember her.

I learned so much from Chris Schwarz’s book, The Anarchist’s Toolchest and refer to it often when I’m considering purchasing a new or used tool. I practiced dovetails every day for a month before starting this and am happy knowing this is a solid piece of work that will serve me for many years. The tills slide well on the oak runners and the molding plane till is a nice feature.

While I made this pretty much identical to Chris’, what learned enabled me to better understand the kind of woodworker I am and what I can do to tailor future projects to my own style.

-- Write drunk, edit sober. -EH

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#1 posted 05-10-2015 12:14 PM

A very nice chest and a good way to remember an old friend.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 05-10-2015 01:38 PM

you have d one a great job on this chest..

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 05-10-2015 03:00 PM

Very nice chest, yes the book is well worth the read.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 05-10-2015 05:21 PM

When I die I want to be buried with 4 dog treats in my pocket.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

Author unknown…

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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#5 posted 05-11-2015 02:05 AM

Great story, only problem my last friend was with me for 18 years and new buddy been around for 10. I may have to wait for him? LOL!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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