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Kumiko and Tool Box for Grandkids

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Project by CL810 posted 05-31-2020 11:54 PM 485 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had a lot of shop time recently and decided to make a toolbox for my grandson and a kumiko box for my granddaughter.

Like most little boys my grandson is fascinated with tools and his current inventory, while plastic, still need a good place to be stored. Right??? The box is cherry, the handle is ash, and the finish is Watco danish oil and Zinseer Sealcoat (shellac.)

The Kumiko box is walnut and the kumiko is basswood. The kumiko is backed by rice paper sandwiched between the kumiko piece and a veneered panel of walnut burl. Originally, I was going to just have the kumiko piece backed with rice paper but after thinking about curious little fingers probing the kumiko I decided to add the veneer piece. After seeing it I think it adds to to box when open more than the rice paper alone would have.

For the Kumiko box I followed Mike Pekovich’s advice to sand to 600 or 1000. I stopped at 600 and I do think it improves the finish. On my next project I will go to 1000. Prior to reading his book I rarely went past 320.

One final note. If you are thinking about doing some kumiko don’t waste you time with pine. Start with basswood. It is a delight to work with and it looks much better. YMMV

Thanks for looking. Questions and comments are welcomed.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR





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#1 posted 06-01-2020 01:56 AM

Very nice work my freind your work is always amazing buddy

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#2 posted 06-01-2020 02:37 AM

Andy, nice work as always. So your happy working with basswood?

I’ve been going up to 600 grit, I love the finish. It’s almost to the point of burnishing.

And

August, really good to see you post again. How are you?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 06-01-2020 02:57 AM

Auggie!!!!

Kevin, the basswood cuts very clean, no tearing.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 06-01-2020 03:07 AM

BTW, I really like the lashing. Nice nice touch.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#5 posted 06-01-2020 05:31 AM

Well those turned out real nice! Mikes book was very informative.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 06-01-2020 07:47 AM

Super nice work, crisp and with a wonderful finish.
You grandchildren will one day realize how lucky they are to have you as a granddad.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#7 posted 06-01-2020 01:46 PM

Nice work. I like them both.

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#8 posted 06-01-2020 03:11 PM

These are both great Andy. I love the kumiko :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 06-01-2020 04:28 PM

As always beautiful work.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 06-01-2020 06:01 PM

Thanks gents!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#11 posted 06-09-2020 02:56 PM

Great job. Nice dovetails and the ark of the handle is graceful. Just by way of sharing ideas, you might look here. I sand to 800. I like both pieces they show real craftsmanship. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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