The hard part sometimes is I don't know. This is usually because I don't feel that I have used the item long enough to know just how I actually do feel about it. But, in the case of my tool chest, I know exactly why I built it the way I did and why I didn't build it like Chris Schwarz. Now, I don't have anything personally against the way Chris laid the tool chest out in The Anarchist's Tool Chest. The layout was what He felt was the best for Him and that's great. I just knew I needed to change some things so it would work better for me. And that is really the point to a tool chest, build it for you, don't just copy someone else's design. Well, unless you just don't really know what you need yet. Some things do take time to figure out and luckily a tool chest can be easily modified.
So Why Did I Build It That Way?
The first is my vertical saw/tool rack. What this changes is the distance all three of my tills can move from front to back. I can't open all three tills at the same time. This flies in the face of the "one movement away" philosophy. The one movement away philosophy goes like this. If you have all three tills open, not only can you see and get to every tool in the tills instantly, but you can also get to any tool in the chest by just moving one of the three tills. This is really a great way to work, so why didn't I do it that way. Well...
The second difference is really conjoined to the first. Because I can't open all three tills at the same time I made the tills larger. What?? Yeah, larger. So, now I can only see in two tills at once and they fill the entire space. What did this do for me? It gave me three larger tills, which is what I wanted in the first place, but made it harder to get to things in the back of my tool chest. But, that's not a big deal for me and here is why. The 90-9-1% philosophy.
The 90-9-1% Philosophy
How it all works out
Next are the 9% tools. These tools reside in my two other tills and when I need one of them I just open the till and take out the tool. That easy. They include: boring tools, misc. files, spokeshaves, chisels(I pull out what I need at the beginning of the day), dowel plate, card scrapers, mallets, chisel plane, and shoulder plane. Though I will say, notice where the shoulder plane sits. This is so I can quickly pull the till forward and snag the plane. I do use it often, I just don't want it banging around on the bottom of the chest.
Now Get out in the shop and have some fun.