Well, I feel like I just gave birth. I’ve been working on this since before Christmas, and I finally just filled it up with tools.
I’m intentionally not calling it an Anarchist’s Tool Chest, but truthfully, if you don’t live in a cave, you know that this particular design was made popular by Chris Schwarz. And everyone is building them.
I was originally attracted to this box, as I’m sure is the case with most people, because of the traditional look. It just looks nostalgic. And who doesn’t want a fancy box to hold some of your most prize possessions?
Well, I was attracted to the traditional design, but not the traditional size. Huge. Floor space-sucking gigantisaur. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the room in the shop for another piece of furniture, even if it is on wheels. And frankly, I don’t have enough tools to fill it up anyway.
I was perusing the latest Fine Woodworking magazine when I came across a John Tetrault video on making socket chisel handles. The video was nice, but somewhere in the middle I caught a glimpse of his tool chest sitting on his bench. On his bench. What a great idea. Just take the great design of the gigantic original and scale it down to a usable size. Boy can I be slow sometimes.
And was it pretty. Anyone familiar with Tetrault’s work is already familiar with his talent, and his chest was the single inspiration for this iteration.
I made some changes from the original design, and I didn’t follow all of the directions on some of the more esoteric details that most people follow when building this chest.
I didn’t use white pine
Simple; I didn’t have any. I wasn’t too concerned with the weight of the box since it was going to be smaller, so I went with what I had. White oak. Heavy, hard, and beautiful.
I did NOT paint it
What? Paint it? This is the one thing I can neither follow nor forgive. I don’t care what the reasoning is. I don’t paint wood. The wood is the whole reason I’m here.
There are a host of other things I want to talk about regarding the construction of this chest, but I’ll get to them in the next post, I promise. This is just a teaser, and I couldn’t wait to brag a little about finally finishing it. Enjoy some pics while you wait.