I have decided to start work on my new chest tool. I am not sure when I will get around to starting the build, but I have got the design and materials ready for when it comes time to begin.
I bought the book by Chris Schwarz “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” back in the early parts of summer http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=67610&cat=1,46096,46109. I have always enjoyed reading his blog and when my friend told me about the premise of the book I thought it would be interesting and helpful. In his book he states that he wanted to write a book that he wished he had when he was 11 years old starting woodworking. He goes over the essential hand tools a starting woodworker will need, some non-essentials that are nice to have, and even the few machines that may be useful to the handtool woodworker. In the last part of his book he goes over the entire build of his new tool chest. He talks about how he came to its final design and construction and why it is built the way it is.
His book has helped me try to limit my selection of tools and stick with the basics. And after reading his book, and having worked in my shop for a few years, I have realized I need a tool chest. I often have a collection of saws, layout tools, and other important tools laying on top of my workbench collecting dust, dings, and chaos. So I recently read through the section of Chris’ book on the tool chest again, to familiar myself with its design and function. I have looked at some other chests aswell, but find the tool chest of an anarchist to suit me best.
The anarchist’s tool chest.
After going through the book again I made up my cut list and went down to my local lumber dealer, Exotic Woods http://www.exotic-woods.com/index.html. I picked up the white pine and white oak needed for the project. I got a great deal on ten 4/4” 12” wide by 6’ long boards of white pine, free of knots and surfaced on two faces.
When I took the lumber back home, I went through laying out the parts for the chest, starting with the largest and most visible parts first. Then I cross cut and ripped the parts to rough size using my newly refurbished panel saws.
Now I have a stack of roughly sized parts awaiting the day I have the time to start the project. Just for kicks I am going to do the entire build using only hand tools. Being white pine even the heavy chores like ripping and thicknessing will be a breeze. The only part I am concerned about is resawing about 9+ feet of 5 1/2” wide white oak by hand. I may give in and use the bandsaw, or perhaps make the newly famous Roubo frame saw to cut it http://logancabinetshoppe.com/blog/2012/01/episode-41-re-sawing-hand-tool-style/. Only time will tell.
-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23