すし, 寿司, 鮨, 鮓, 寿斗

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Project by vipond33 posted 05-18-2012 02:58 AM 4946 views 37 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you walk into a Japanese restaurant, ideally, you want the sushi chef to take one look at you, quietly put away yesterday’s fish and reach for the ones that were swimming that morning. For you’re either really rich or he saw that you really mean business, that you came here to eat and nothing says it better than your own handmade chopsticks in an elegant wooden carrying case.

I made three of these at Christmas, gave two away as gifts and gave one up to be put in a charity silent auction. The cause was in aid of children with mental disabilities and it fetched $200 so I was pleased for them.

I had as a model for this easy build a box made some years before,

a little plainer perhaps but with some lovely lacquered sticks. Materials are qtrsawn mahogany with a subtle flake, equally fine grained Douglas fir and Macasser ebony for the rests and the little feathers.

The chopsticks themselves are pretty easy to make with an inclined rest and a sharp plane, for you’re always working downhill and the ebony rests too are a snap with a drum sander. Fiddle to your hearts content – contemplate the shape.

The hardest part was the finger pulls in that miserable fir and you only get once chance before you ruin a perfectly good lid blank. A scary, scary sharp forstner bit (tip removed) running screaming fast in the drill press snugged up quill and phew, done.
The finish is minimal, some sweet oil and wax.

11 1/2” x 1 7/8” x 61/64”
About 9 hrs.(3)
Build on LJ’s.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 05-18-2012 03:04 AM

A little light 1980’s entertainment while you eat.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 03:05 AM

Gene I dont care for sushi, but those are nice looking boxes !

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 03:30 AM

Ono ney susi joto yo! Nihongo honishite imasuka? E kaga desu ka?

Fukigawa Tomu

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 05-18-2012 03:39 AM

Nice Gene.
If it gets me better sushi, I just may make some :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 05-18-2012 03:39 AM

That is awesome, and great advice!

-- I never finish anyth

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#6 posted 05-18-2012 03:46 AM

@doc Eigo wo hanashimasu ka?

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 05-18-2012 04:01 AM

Way to cool gene, guess these aren’t the throw away set then ::: ))))))
you are one hell of a tradesman Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 05-18-2012 04:09 AM


How elegant. I love it when a box is built for a specific purpose. This is utilitarian and beautiful in its concept and design.

I have made some small slid-tops for pencils. I made a jig that held the box on a 75 or so degree angle on the drill press table, then brought my Fostner bit down to the top. It gives a tapered groove with at flat bottom for your finger or nail to reach. Much like the cut you get with a Kreg pocket hole jig.

However, your way has more style. Lovely work and clever write-up.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 05-18-2012 08:10 AM

Watashi no eigo tahien damy desu Yo! Okashi Ney? Kiyote skita! Mata Ney!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 05-18-2012 08:36 AM

Gene very nice

A real class piece of eating kit


-- 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 05-18-2012 10:54 AM

Looking good, but why doug fir for the lids anyway?

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#12 posted 05-18-2012 11:56 AM

I always have loved the Japanese writing characters…. they look so ‘artistic’. I’m with Cabmaker.. I don’t do the Sushi thing… and I am way to clumsy to eat with sticks, but I love these sets. Very nicely done!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#13 posted 05-18-2012 12:02 PM

@doc 私はあきらめて、あなたは勝つ
@sodabowski – for colour and grain contrast mostly, also because I had it in hand, and also because the Japanese import shiploads of the very best Canadian Douglas fir – they love the stuff.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#14 posted 05-18-2012 12:09 PM

I have a love-hate relationship with Doug Fir. I really like the look of it, but it can be a bugger.

Very nice boxes. Simple but yet very elegant. Those rests look like something I really want to touch.

I made a bunch of chopsticks years ago with a sliding taper router jig. But yours look so much nicer. Your stuff always does. How do you continue to do it?

Thanks for the inspiration,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 05-18-2012 12:17 PM

Those are gorgeous. And with a flashback to The Vapors, thanks for the great post.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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