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Category: Tools

The Perfect Combination

Posted on November 29th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Tools. No Comments

Sometimes you come across a perfect combination of tools to completely change your woodworking experience. Using the Benchcrafted Moxon vise and the Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw is a perfect case in point. These two companies products are the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of dovetail cutting. Cutting the tails for my Traveling Anarchist Tool Chest made both the set-up and cutting a breeze. Both tools live up to the benefit they can deliver any user. Thanks guys. This is a game-changer for my hand tool use for sure.

A Tool Chest to Last Generations

Posted on November 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 1 Comment

After reading The Anarchist’s Toolchest by Chris Schwarz, I made a decision to take on a similar project to safely store my tool investment so that my children’s children may someday use the same tools I use today. While the larger tool chest was tempting, it was a little over the top in it’s size. I’ve decided to build the smaller “Traveling Anarchist Tool Chest” instead. A more manageable, yet fully functional storage box. At this point, I’ve been able to make the most out of a great stack of walnut boards, and have rough milled all of the parts … Read More »

Good Reading for Woodworkers

Posted on November 10th, by Andy Brownell in Publications, Tools. No Comments

I have to admit, I’m not much of a book reader. Most of my reading takes the form of magazines, blogs and web content (both long and short-form). However, while at WIA 2011, I couldn’t resist purchasing these two books by Christopher Schwarz. Aside from looking and feeling good in the hands, or on shelf, (both have linen-style hard covers with embossed images), they are equally interesting to read for anyone intersted in woodworking.
 
The Anarchist’s Tool Chest
This is a great read for anyone interested in getting started in woodworking, or is looking to prioritize what they use to effectively build furniture. … Read More »