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Tool Tills on the TATC

Posted on January 16th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments

The long weekend gave me enough time to finish up the tool tills and their guides along each of the sides for my traveling anarchist’s tool chest. I’ll be working on some minor modifications to the saw till Chris Schwarz details in his book and then it’s on to hardware and finishing. Luckily, Mr. Schwarz made it easy on the hardware side of things with his recent post about what hardware to use from Horton Brass. You can read more about it here. I will probably look into adding some handles to help lift/stabilize the chest when it gets moved. … Read More »

Maple is Murder

Posted on January 8th, by Andy Brownell in Projects, Tools. No Comments

When it comes to dulling your chisel blades, nothing compares to rock maple when cutting dovetails. The two tool tills for my Traveling Anarchists Tool Chest are made from some locally harvested rock maple. Sixteen hand-cut dovetails later, Ive wrapped up the weekend with both tills ready to sand and attach the bottoms. I still have plenty of work to do, but this concludes the dovetailing for this project, thankfully. Next up are the carcass glides for the two tills, saw till, lid hinges and finishing. Im targeting the end of February to wrap this up to make room for … Read More »


Facing Challenges

Posted on December 28th, by Andy Brownell in Projects. No Comments

While on vacation over the past week, I’ve had some time to think about some of the next steps ahead on my Traveling Anarchist’s tool chest: attach dust skirt and fit lid/hinges, build and customize saw till, tool drawers and finish.

The majority of that is fairly old hat at this point. Meaning taking the first leap on a new and challenging project is usually the hardest part. Having the basic skills and tools is really all you need to progressively take on bigger challenges as a woodworker. But what has become more evident on a project of this kind is … Read More »