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Chris Schwarz Dutch Tool Chest Class Registration

Registration for the ACWA Chris Schwarz layout Tools Class.  You must be a current ACWA member to attend.  Membership can be completed here.


There is an option to pay for the class in full or place a 50% Deposit to hold you place in the class.  If you choose to place a deposit, the remaining balance due must be paid 30 days prior to the class.  Please note that deposits and registration fees/tuition are non-refundable.  In addition to tuition there will be a materials fee for this class.  The cost of the materials fee has not yet been determined, and will be payable at the start of the class.

You may sign up and pay for the class below.


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Apr 27,2014 - Apr 28,2014    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Not everyone has the time, materials or skills to build a full-scale traditional floor chest, which can have as many as 100 dovetails and banks of precisely fit sliding trays. And while I’m a fan of my large English tool chest, I’ve always been intrigued by the Dutch form, which I first spied in Jim Tolpin’s “The Toolbox Book” (Taunton) years ago. And after studying an authentic Dutch example owned by Roy Underhill, I decided to build a pair of these chests, try them out and see how they worked. The Dutch chests turned out to be a surprise at every turn. They are simple to build – each took me only two days of shop time, compared to the 40 to 60 hours needed to build a full-size English chest. They required much less material. And, most surprising of all, they were great chests both for the shop and on the road. Now I won’t lie to you, these Dutch chests aren’t as sturdy or as good-looking as a quality floor chest. But they are stout enough. And if you are short on time, materials or skills, they might just be the option you are looking for.

Christopher Schwarz is a long-time woodworker and writer who has spent the last 15 years encouraging woodworkers to embrace more handwork in their shops. He built his first workbench when he was 11 and was introduced to handwork when his family built its first house on an Arkansas farm without electricity.
After formal training as a journalist at Northwestern University, Chris worked as a newspaperman by day and studied woodworking at night at the University of Kentucky. In 1996, he was hired as managing editor of Popular Woodworking, where he helped resuscitate the magazine and introduced more handwork into its pages. He eventually became editor and began writing books and teaching woodworking classes.
In 2007 he founded Lost Art Press LLC, a publishing company devoted to one thing: reviving handwork. By 2011, Lost Art Press had grown so much that Chris stepped down as editor of Popular Woodworking (he’s now a contributing editor) to focus on his company full time.
He’s the author of several woodworking books, including The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & UseThe Workbench Design BookHandplane Essentials, and The Joiner and Cabinet Maker.  He also has produced six DVDs on handwork with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. He lives in Fort Mitchell, Ky., with his wife and two daughters.


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Anchorage, Alaska

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