Japanese style toolbox

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Project by kokaneesailor posted 06-14-2010 05:48 AM 5468 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at making a Japanese style toolbox. Only thing’s I did different was to use handcut dowels using my Veritas dowel jig. And I omitted the diagonal support bar that runs between the handles. Couldn’t see a reason for it…and I didn’t like the way it looked.
Used dimensional lumber, but used a dozuki pull saw for all the cut’s. Used and old school blockplane that I purchased of eBay for 5 bucks, and spent a few days restoring it.
3 coats of varathane…when it wasn’t raining. Three things I learned..
1. Never trust the edge on dimentional lumber,
2. Always have the right drill bit, this will prevent blowouts,
3. Never glue then try to drill the same piece until it’s dry. Pilot holes first then glue…duh…i’m such an idiot some

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 06:37 AM

You did a fine job with the toolbox, kokaneesailor. It’s actually more polished and “finished” than the real Japanese ones!

The diagonal brace you omitted makes sense when you realize that the lid on these toolboxes is oftentimes made out of several boards. In your case, being a single narrow board, you don’t really need it for strength.

I liked to read you saying you’ve learned a few things while making the box. This is the smart frame of mind in my opinion. One can be taught even from the simplest things. Some people seem to think that you can only learn if you try to tackle a humongous project that’s well over your head.

Keep up the good work and, please, share it with us.

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 07:07 AM

Interesting build well done


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#3 posted 06-14-2010 10:52 AM

Real nice job on the tool box.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 11:54 AM

This is an interesting Westernization of a Japanese traditional shokunin toolbox.

The diagonal brace is used to keep the top from twisting, especially when multiple boards are used.

Ichi ban!

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 07:47 PM

Like your box! Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 06-21-2010 05:43 AM

Wasn’t sure how to post responses on this for all the comments people. Thanks Jojo,Jim, Skylark53,hobomonk and Div. Off to learning how to build the Rumford fireplace on Gabriola Island. Cheers ..Robert

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 08:43 AM


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