The making of a tool chest was traditionally seen as part of an apprentices' training, a rite of passage. That is because it is a challenging project but provides the basic skills and tool storage to then go on and make many items in the future.
This build inspired by The Anarchist's Tool Chest by Christopher Schwarz
This is a 5-day course and is held at our workshop near Ely, on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border. The course sees attendees make a traditional tool chest carcass on castors. As shown on the right, this is the chest made of dovetailed construction with a dovetailed lower and upper skirt. The floor is fitted and then castors added.
This project is done using mainly hand tools and it is a busy but rewarding 5 days. The aim is to make the main carcass of the tool chest and lid so that you can then complete the build and fit out the interior at home.
As with all the courses, the journey is more important than the destination as at the end of the 5 days your skills will have developed.
The schedule is full but by the final day you will have a beautiful tool chest carcass to wheel away, you can then take it home, lay out what tools you want to keep in it and design the interior and fit/make your lid. Bill will show you a fully finished tool chest and discuss the lid construction, options for the interior and also the painting. You will have a creative fun week in a relaxed professional workshop and meet new like minded people in the process.
The courses run 9.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday. However anyone with questions or wishing to make special arrangements for a course on a different date or involving a weekend should please email Bill.
The course price is £795 and this includes: All materials to make the carcass and lid frame are included (you will need to supply your lid centre panel to customise your interior of lid), in addition to a hardware pack containing handles, castors, hinges and lock.
The chest will be made from Poplar/Tulipwood but this may vary due to availability, suitable quality timber will always be used and you are welcome to discuss beforehand.
Tea, coffee & biscuits provided.
We also offer a follow up/extended course for those who need extra time/support making the lid for the chest, please ask for details
Please bring a packed lunch, there is a fridge and microwave available for use.
Please wear clothes suitable for workshop including sturdy footwear.
"After you build your tool chest you should be able to fit every tool you need into it. Set it at your right hand (or left, if you are sinister). And let it serve as a reminder that it holds the tools to build almost anything you can design. And, more important, it holds the tools that can release you from consumption, decay and further consumption."
Christopher Schwarz - The Anarchist's Tool Chest