Anarchist tool chest

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Project by sfrobk posted 05-28-2018 04:44 AM 1769 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Anarchist tool chest, per Chris Schwarz’s book/plans:

Dovetailed pine case,
Cherry dogbone handles, bolted through case sides,
Keyed half mortise lock w/ escutcheon,
Dovetailed top/bottom skirts,
3 sliding (front/back) dovetailed trays over 10” tool well for planes, saw tills, etc.,
Oak runners,
Chisel/gouge rack.

A fun build, I’ve always wanted to build one of these having been initially inspired by Tony Konovaloff’s version in Scott Landis’ book. This is simpler, naturally, and we’ll see if I end up working out of this or my wall cabinet for now. Schwarz makes a great video with some neat tricks to keep things moving along efficiently and accurately.

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#1 posted 05-28-2018 04:52 AM

Good looking chest.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-28-2018 10:35 AM

Nicely done. Keep us posted as you outfit and work out of it how you like it.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#3 posted 05-28-2018 01:50 PM

This is an outstanding tool chest and so beautifully done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 05-28-2018 01:52 PM

Nice looking chest.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 05-28-2018 09:48 PM

Nice job on the chest. Like Smitty, I’d be interested how it works out long term for you. I’ve had mine for several years now and it fits my style of working.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#7 posted 05-31-2018 01:49 PM

Great work, the chest is beautiful!

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#8 posted 05-31-2018 01:56 PM

Never thought I’d say this to another guy, but ….... nice chest :) I guess working out of a chest does change your workflow. Might be a goo idea for me. Put some casters on the bottom and pull it along so tools go back where they belong quicker. I end up leaving a trail behind me, otherwise lol

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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