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Tag: Anarchist Traveling Tool Chest

Installation of 100+ Year Old Hardware

Posted on February 3rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 4 comments

My chest lift hardware arrived earlier this week from Robinson’s Antique hardware thanks to Chris Schwarz for the recommendation. Although my poll from a previous post solicited input on brass over cast iron handles, Robinson’s had only one brass handle remaining. Cast iron it is.

The cast iron handles and screws arrived looking like they had a good century of ware on them including some type of black enamel finish, well worn and rust free. The owner indicated the handles were probably from around the turn of the century. They actually looked very similar to a set that was on a … Read More »

Playing Favorites

Posted on January 18th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 4 comments

I recently wrapped up all of the inner workings of my traveling anarchist tool chest including the tills, and a custom chisel holder that attaches to the inside of the chest wall securely, as well as on my tool wall. Like most woodworkers who would be in my position at this point in the project, I decided to give everything a trial run. I places all of my critical tools into the chest to see how things fit, and what might be improved.

My first reaction was damn, this is really heavy (probably 100+ lbs.), but that’s what you … Read More »


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 »