Japanese Carpenter's Tool Box

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Project by JohnnyB posted 01-14-2014 10:38 PM 4399 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished (and sent off) this Japanese Carpenter’s Tool Box for my daughter’s birthday. It is adapted and scaled down from the one posted by Christopher Schwarz on the Lost Art Press Blog It is made from bald cypress finished with wax, and I installed cast iron handles made in China. The joinery is glued and pinned with bamboo “nails” that I cut from bamboo skewers. I doubt that my daughter will keep tools in it, but I am sure she will find some use for it. (And in case you are concerned that a young woman might not be delighted to receive a tool box for her birthday, I enclosed another gift inside!)

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 02:00 AM

Nice. Can you share where you got the handle?

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 05:02 AM

I got the handles from Lee Valley several years ago. Don’t know if they are still available.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 02:26 PM

Cool tool box! Great design and joints. I’m sure she’ll use it. Well done!

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#4 posted 07-30-2015 08:39 PM

Cypress was an excellent choice for the toolbox. It’s fairly light, very strong, and won’t rot for a century. The bamboo ‘nails’ are perfect!

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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