Joiner's Toolchest

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Project by nathanjackman posted 05-10-2012 02:41 PM 3287 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, another one of those Chris Schwarz followers. It’s the Traveling Anarchist Toolchest, with a few tweaks – I did not nail on the bottom boards, they’re dadoed. It was originally intended to transport my tools overseas so I had to make the bottom sturdy.

I’m cheating a bit, as I have finished the chest but have not taken final photos – will upload a few more later.

Out of poplar with brick red milk paint. I should have used pine like Schwarz recommends – thing weighs a ton. First time putting a lock on a piece, was nice to be so precise. Top is piston-fit, more accidental than skill.

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 02:50 PM

Is this from his book, The Anatchist’s Toolkit or chest or sum’n sum’n?

Nice dovetailing!

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 03:01 PM

Yes, great book – my first book of his and thought it was great, has helped me clean up and improve my hand tool selection.

He offers plans for this version on his website (it’s a slightly smaller version).

Thanks – I actually flipped the dovetail on the top lid the wrong way, but that’s life!

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 03:23 PM

Nice project.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 05-10-2012 05:28 PM

Really cool chest. Love the dovetail joinery. Great job!

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#5 posted 05-11-2012 12:29 AM

A “joiner” would smile

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 05-11-2012 04:32 AM

Looks good, I am a little sad that you covered that nice joinery with paint, still very nice.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 05-11-2012 07:06 AM

good job on the chest :-)


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#8 posted 05-11-2012 10:30 AM

nice job on the chest. I like the color choice of it too.

-- Tim-; Twitter-@asliceofwood; Facebook-

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#9 posted 05-11-2012 11:18 AM

Well done:-) another one for the ‘To Do List’ :-()

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#10 posted 05-11-2012 11:38 AM

Nice job! Really like the finish.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#11 posted 05-11-2012 11:47 AM

A sturdy Chest, nice joinery, should serve you well.

If you must carry this to your work location every day, I certainly hope it’s not as far away as Roy Underhill’s. :-)

Very nicely done. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#12 posted 05-11-2012 12:05 PM

Martyroc – it made me a little upset too but the traditional finish for these chests is milk paint.

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#13 posted 05-11-2012 04:56 PM

thanks for the update of the pictures :-)

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#14 posted 05-30-2012 03:44 PM

Made the full size one from poplar and it does way a ton!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#15 posted 06-23-2012 02:26 AM

great job!!! you did a fantastic job on it ,hope my tool chest comes out as nice as yours!!

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