Excellent, insightful book
By: Federico Mena Quintero (Mar, 2013)
I religiously follow Chris Schwarz's blog (at lostartpress.com), and with all the content about toolchests and samples from the book that were posted there, I first thought that getting the book would be redundant. I'm glad to see that it is not: the book is a treat.
Chris's personal history is very interesting. How he found his frugality in tools is encouraging, and if you weren't already into that line of thinking, this book will make you a better person. The main virtue of this section is that it puts into writing a lot of things that many woodworkers already know on a subconscious level, about quality handmade goods, that are hard to explain.
The section on tools is a breezy read if you are already experienced with hand tools, but it is by no means superfluous. The descriptions of subtle features of tools, gained through experience, are tremendously useful. I definitely learned things about tools which I already own and am proficient with!
Finally, the section on actually building the chest is superb. You *can* summarize it a lot; in fact Chris did just that and posted the summary to his blog (cunningly leaving out one of his "rules for toolchests", which you can find in the book). But you'll miss the full rationale and innumerable tips on the actual construction process.
I enjoy the book's relaxed prose, the fart jokes, and the insight that comes through.
I definitely look forward to building my own toolchest soon.
I own this product.