Japanese Tool Box

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Project by abie posted 09-12-2019 01:47 PM 1567 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Traditional Japanese tool box to hold my New Japanese chisels and tools
I am making small versions of traditional japanese joints to learn more about them after a trip to Japan
Many of these joints are passed down from families and rarely are there plans
Due to the internet and several books they are now being copied.
I have assembled many and will be showing what I have learned in future posts
I will also share internet sites with others who are interested in what I have assembled .

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#1 posted 09-12-2019 02:03 PM

That looks really cool. I saw a program once on Japanese traditional temple construction and they were using some insane interlocking joinery. I am just “dipping my toes” into woodworking and joinery but have fantasized about building a pergola that mimics that style joinery. I would love to see the inside of the toolbox too if you get a chance to post.

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#2 posted 09-12-2019 04:51 PM

Awesome. So a trip to Japan triggered the desire to learn these joints, and customs of the Sukiya-Daiku?

Those boxes in older times would have been carried filled with the days tools as a backpack, and tool chest then became work table at the job site.

My Dad was obsessed after returning after WWII. From a young age he tutored me for years, then he realized I was like his Brother, and took the easier path that Western woodworking offered. At my current age I wish I had paid more attention.

Thanks for posting, really brought Dad back for me.

For anyone who wants to make such a box. I’d seen this in an article back in 2016.

BTW, your box is beautiful. You are on the wrong coast for him, but if you’ve not met him, or seen his work, look up James Blauvelt He has a company called Bluefield Joiners. Awesome work.

He set up my first Kanna, and showed me a few tricks. It was, and still is the sharpest tool in my possession. A remarkably skilled artisan. He was working with Harrelson (Hap) Stanley, who at the time was probably the biggest importer of quality Japanese tooling. He’s all about sharpening now a days. Back when he was Shapton in the USA, not so much anymore.

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#3 posted 09-12-2019 07:16 PM

I like the way they open…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 09-13-2019 12:26 AM

The box I made was from this site..
Beginning Japanese Woodworking || Making a Chisel Box
BTW I have not seen James Blauvelt but will look him up
One of his videos is no longer on yutube

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#5 posted 09-13-2019 01:03 AM

NIce looking box. I like the color combinations you achieved.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 09-14-2019 02:00 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 10-03-2019 02:42 PM

This is Teds Site and a scam please delete

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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