Total Anarchy

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Project by Dave G posted 12-31-2013 04:34 PM 4337 views 14 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I realized that the white pine anarchist toolbox I was making as described in Chris Schwarz’s book does not work for me. It needed to hang on the wall to suit me. Isn’t that the ultimate anarchy? So I finished the dovetails then sliced it in half. I sliced a lid off each half. Each lid received a frame and panel door. Each back received a glued up panel. I hung it using french cleats above my high workbench (same height as table saw). Then I made some leather pockets for the chisels and other sharps and hung them on the right hand door. Then I made a set of drawers from scraps of 3/16 hard maple leftover from a lamination project maple and 1/4 luaun. Finally I added the saw till pieces and the plane shelves as shown. The whole thing was finished with a couple coats of poly/blo/turp.

This project incorporates ideas from many others as they suited me. The hanging leather for sharps is unique I believe and seems to be an easy way to access and protect them. So far, it works well.

The hinges are “incorrectly” mounted on the outside so that I have flexibility to add additional hinged panels inside.

I used pocket screws for the internal joinery.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#1 posted 12-31-2013 04:39 PM

I’ve had mine for some years now probably 6 years and still finding room for more stuff, great storage unit enjoy filling it up…BC

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#2 posted 12-31-2013 05:52 PM

It will make a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 12-31-2013 08:47 PM

They’re only “incorrectly” mounted if you have it closed…. I’ve found most of my tool boxes stay open. ;)

Nice work.

-- Big discoveries don't go "Eureka!", they go "Huh. That's funny..." They just as frequently go *bang* and *woosh*...

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Dave G

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#4 posted 12-31-2013 08:52 PM

chilimac you’re quite right!

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#5 posted 12-31-2013 09:03 PM

Like the hanging leather tool rolls instead of making a bunch of special brackets. Brilliant idea, putting them in hanging up in a tool cabinet.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#6 posted 12-31-2013 10:01 PM

Very nice tool cabinet Dave, looks great and a place for everything with some empty spaces for adding more later.
Great job and thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#7 posted 12-31-2013 11:28 PM

I agree with you. A hanging tool cabinet was in my opinion, the way to go. Yours looks nice. I wish I had left room for saw storage like you have. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year.

-- Doug

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Dave G

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#8 posted 01-01-2014 12:37 AM

Thanks Lumberjocks! I so enjoy your comments. Happy New Year all.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#9 posted 01-01-2014 02:18 AM

Nice save on the Chris Schwarz’s toolbox. Maybe I missed something, but I thought it was a kind of silly idea to bend over and slide shelving over to get at each tool. If you have the “ultimate anarchy” for storing tools, then I have the ultimate ultimate anarchy. I bought the magnetic bars at HF, attached them to the wall, and stuck my tools on them. Works great. Doesn’t look as good as yours though.

-- Ben in Va

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#10 posted 01-01-2014 02:27 AM

I love that you just ripped you design in half to create what you felt you needed midway through a project. Well done on all fronts…especially guts.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#11 posted 01-01-2014 02:27 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 01-01-2014 03:03 AM

Lyn: hat’s off. That’s anarchy!

RG: You know my last name is Gutz?

Hoss: Thanks, man.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#13 posted 01-01-2014 03:53 AM

Nice! I always like to see others’ arrangements for storing tools. That looks good.


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#14 posted 01-01-2014 04:30 AM

Ripped it in half? Not my baby you won’t! GUTZy call Dave and well done. I don’t mind sliding the tills back and forth, gives me time to think.

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

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#15 posted 01-01-2014 04:56 AM

Nice Dave, I do like the chest; but my situation is better suited with a wall mounted cabinet; like you built.
thanks for sharing…

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