My Ridiculous Favorite ATC Touch

keeperI love everything about my new “Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” It’s now easy for me to find just the tool I need in one quick grab…without having to dig through piles of stuff or check multiple boxes. And it’s but a few moments’ work to put stuff away at the end of the day (which I know neatnik Christopher Schwarz appreciates).

But what I like most is my most ridiculous aesthetic touch: the lid stay.  OOOOOooooo shiny!

It is a 2mm “light-duty twisted-link, tangle resistant, nickel-plated steel chain” from McMaster-Carr – not a wallet chain I stole off a hipster. It’s held in place on both ends by 8/32 female-threaded “pear knob cap finials” in polished nickel (from Grand Brass Lamp Parts). The finials are screwed on short lengths of 8/32 running thread that I hacksawed to length, then epoxied in place in pilot holes.


I also ordered knurled “battery head screws” from the lamp parts store, in case the finials looked weird. But they look just weird enough…which is to say perfect.




About fitz

Woodworker, writer, editor, teacher, ailurophile, Shakespearean. Will write for air-dried walnut.
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15 Responses to My Ridiculous Favorite ATC Touch

  1. rustlerrd says:

    Oh that is beautiful. What a great idea. You know you are a star when you add bling that has a purpose.

  2. Coop Janitor says:

    Gorrom, that’s shiny. Don’t sully it too quick….

  3. snwoodwork says:

    Your pictures are not helping me fight off the urge to build one of these.

  4. Peter Corfield says:

    I really like the colour you decide on for the chest. Looks sharp!

  5. dtugboat says:

    Looks great, just wonder about putting it on the inside where it can’t snag on things. It does help you immediately ID your box from a collection on a job site.

    • fitz says:

      I have a Dutch tool chest for travel. This on will stay in pretty much one spot in the shop, so I don’t have to worry too much about it snagging. If I did put it on the inside, I’d have to make the top till shorter or narrower to accommodate the finial…or use a boring wood screw 🙂

  6. johncashman73 says:

    Thanks for spoiling it for me. I had pictured you pinning a hipster to the ground ripping the chain off.

  7. nrhiller says:

    That looks just wonderful.

  8. texasbelliott says:

    Looks great. I wouldn’t have considered installing it on the outside of the chest, but the way you have it makes sense. Love the color, too!

  9. *snort* Nice hipster trunk.Next it’s going to get extensive all black stenciling going down both sides?

    Maybe you can talk Chris into changing the name of the shop to “Skull & Jackal”? Or “Spoon & Anchor”?
    Or you could find one you like…

  10. justiain says:

    It’s the little and special details that can mean the most!

  11. Quercus Robur says:

    It looks like the chest got a chained cuff earring. Hipster indeed!

  12. J.C. aka BLZeebub says:

    Super! That’s a really fine looking chest, Now you need to have your name properly applied to it. Maybe a nIce incised Roman serif done in silver to key off the chain and finials? How about your name in Gaelic?

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