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Project by AGolden posted 04-21-2020 05:45 PM 1284 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am not able to get to my main workshop during the quarantine so i used the few hand tools that I do have to build this Japanese box. I made it based on a slightly smaller version I had made previously (shown in second photo). All of the tools I used to build it fit inside the completed box. It’s made entirely out of poplar.





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Chiaroscuro

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#1 posted 04-21-2020 08:10 PM

Nicely executed! I made a slightly larger one out of mahogany and use it to store all my best tools. I do consider putting dividers/trays every once in a while but haven’t mustered the energy. What did you do for a bottom?

-- Todd

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AGolden

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#2 posted 04-21-2020 08:46 PM



Nicely executed! I made a slightly larger one out of mahogany and use it to store all my best tools. I do consider putting dividers/trays every once in a while but haven’t mustered the energy. What did you do for a bottom?

- Chiaroscuro

Also part of not having my normal shop to work in means I am very clamp limited so I nailed on the bottom from three solid poplar slats and glued the seams on the outside edges of the box, I thought this might also give it some room for seasonal movement. On the smaller version I glued up a solid panel and glued it on to the bottom. I haven’t had any issues with wood movement yet and the panel is about 9” wide.

I saw your box, it looks very nice. I don’t exactly know why but I just really like these designs.

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#3 posted 04-21-2020 10:04 PM

nice hand tool work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 04-22-2020 02:33 AM

That came out great. Looks nice.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#5 posted 04-22-2020 12:57 PM

Fine job on that tool box!

Jim

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

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#6 posted 04-22-2020 02:04 PM

Looks great!
I was surprised to see you get a saw inside—is that a common use for japanese tool chests?

How tightly does the lid wedge hold the lid closed?

Matt

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AGolden

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#7 posted 04-22-2020 02:29 PM



Looks great!
I was surprised to see you get a saw inside—is that a common use for japanese tool chests?

How tightly does the lid wedge hold the lid closed?

Matt

- mdhills

Yes the saw is nice because it comes apart into a handle and a blade. I actually sized the box to fit the handle which is the longest component in there.

The wedge is beveled in two directions (tapered along its length and beveled along it’s thickness) so that it doesn’t slip out upwards when tightening it. But you have caught one of the things I am not as happy about with this box. The lid holds in place very well but only because it is a tight fit which gives me some anxiety about wood movement. I think if I were to do it a third time I would make the lid a little looser and make the taper on the wedge more extreme so you don’t have to push it in as far to get incremental increases in the tightness of the lid.

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#8 posted 04-22-2020 04:34 PM

That is a very nice and functional box, have been meaning to build one! Someday:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 04-23-2020 03:17 PM

Love that this was completed with hand tools – every now and then I break out a hand tool where I otherwise could have used power… it teaches patience and makes you understand the fundamentals, sometimes it’s good to slow down and understand the process of a cut and and joint and a taper….

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