Japanese tool box / chisel box (pallet wood)

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Japanese tool box / chisel box.
A little tsūrubokkusu (I think!)

So after a few days in Paris smelling no wood, but looking a lot on the web, making research for my grease box story (and resting due to my not always funny health), I had to see some shavings, and get the smell of fresh cut wood back in my nose!
Yes, I better take care before I become a retired academic, with all in the words, and nothing in the hand!

Some old trash from the street – a little pallet and a wooden fruit box, was the starting point (fifth picture). So why not travel to Japan. Hand saw, hand planes, hammer, nails, glue is what you need on the side.

Last picture shows that I’m back on the table after, notice what’s on the laptop…

I took photos on the way, so I will update with a blog at some point.

Here is a super link if think of making something this style, or the traditional Japanese tool box:
Daiku Dojo: Making a Japanese Toolbox

I hope it could be to inspiration, it was quick and fun to do,

Best thoughts and sayonara (Sa-yo-na-ra),


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 02:57 PM

Good job, MaFe.
Nice use of a fruit basket. I never throw wood away, thinking that I’ll have a use for it some day. Thanks for sharing.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 03:04 PM

MaFe, when are you going to stop surprising us? That is just so like you, and me. See a piece of wood on the side of the road, and instantly think, ” that would make a good….....” Well I came across a build I made early in the not-so-good-woodworking days of past, a dado jig from oak pallet wood. Now every time I see that jig I will think of you sitting there in Paris, wishing you had some wood. :)

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 10-11-2010 03:06 PM

funny little project :-)
I think you have a plane to fraigt a botle home in it …

thank´s for sharing Mads always thought those fruight cases is the worst wood to make anything with
but now I think I have another idea for it to

take care

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#4 posted 10-11-2010 03:17 PM

I like this a lot. The Japanese have a marvelously subtle way of touching the essence of made objects. Often simple, but with a great deal of thought, whether it’s architecture, furniture, swords, ...or a chisel box. Thanks for bringing me back to this line of thought. Off to my library to dig out the Japanese books.

I also love Paris, but annoy my wife by stopping every twenty feet to admire the old store front construction and the infinite variety of doors. Oh, the things we find interesting.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 10-11-2010 04:01 PM

Ichi ban!

-- 温故知新

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 10-11-2010 04:36 PM

Nice project, Mads. Did you get a hold of any of the wooden wine boxes while in Paris. I was given a few wooden wine boxes when my daughter worked at the party store and have nut used the thin wood for anything yet. You have inspired me to get going on it!
Thanks for sharing

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 10-11-2010 06:22 PM

That’s an unusual little tool box, Mads. I’ll bet you enjoyed that.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 10-11-2010 07:04 PM

Very nice chisel box and photos MaFe! This coming weekend there is a one day Japanese Toolbox making seminar at the Lee Valley Tools store here in Ottawa. It sold out before I could register! Hope to build one out of pine with the side mortise/tendons and rose bud nails on the included web site!

-- Chirs in Ottawa

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#10 posted 10-11-2010 08:09 PM

Great Mads,
I shudder to think what you would do with my offcuts. :)

Especially from this pile of Yew

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 10-11-2010 08:49 PM

Jamie is teasing us….

Like your box a lot! I think I will start a off cut bin for you…

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

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#12 posted 10-11-2010 09:42 PM

What a sweet little box Mads. I guess you run from the plane straight in to a taxi and payed the driver a lot of money too break the speedlimit so you could rush in to your shop and start building :D

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#13 posted 10-11-2010 10:38 PM

Thomas, I’m still in Paris. I made it here.
Div, that sounds just wonderful, I will carry a heavy overload one day!
Jamie, STOP!!! I can’t take it, me who uses old pallets for wood!
Chirs, are you going to that work shop? It sounds wonderful. Look forward to see your box.
helluvawreck, I enjoy all that my hands allow me to do with wood, and this was no exeption.
a1Jim, Thank you – it was nothing special, but it turned out fine, and in real life it’s a sweet little box.
Jim, no wine boxes from Paris, pallets, and fruit boxes – happy if I can inspire, yes wine box wood are perfect for this also.
hobomonk, and back ;-)
Roger, yes the japanese have a way to find the essence, to remove all we don’t need, to get to the core, and then leave us there in a coma. Paris have so many beautiful spots, and yes facades also, my fionce are also often tired of me taking pictures or just in a coma…
Dennis, this is one for you to make, check out the link.
Bradford, I hope I can keep surprising! Yes, I wish I had some wood, but I also feel lucky I do have some wood! So there are a balance.
cranesgonewild, now you have a purpose for those boxes.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 10-11-2010 11:49 PM

nice and simple

-- Jeff,

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#15 posted 10-12-2010 11:21 AM

Mafe great job, I was laughing when I looked at your laptop and saw Lumberjocks on it. My wife always kids me about that site. I watched some videos on Japanees woodworkes who only used handtools it was amazing! Great post Hope all is well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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