Japanese Tool Box

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Blog series by ruddhess updated 04-17-2015 02:17 AM 7 parts 13338 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Cutting Sides & Square Tenons

04-05-2015 01:23 PM by ruddhess | 2 comments »

I actually broke down and sharpened the blade on one of my crappy (not the crappiest, next one up) little block planes. Made some shavings. Not exactly the right tool for the job and the blade wasn’t dull anymore, just not as sharp as it needed to be. Resorted to a bit of hand sanding with a block and some 120 grit. Inching my way toward ‘real’ woodworking! I am going to do some square mortise/tenon joints for the ends of the box. This time, I am doing it “rightR...

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Part 2: Finishing Cutting Mortises

04-08-2015 05:15 AM by ruddhess | 2 comments »

At this point I am cutting the mortises from both sides with hammer & chisel – not using the 3/4” forstner bit. This is the first one. Two done, six to go. Pictures: One thing I discovered during this experiment: the mortises on the first board that I cut using the 3/4” forstner bit were a tighter fit for some reason. The second board mortises were all done with hammer & chisel and came out a bit oversized ...

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Part 3: Dry Fit & Glue-Up (Sides Only)

04-08-2015 05:25 AM by ruddhess | 2 comments »

Got all the joints dabbed up with glue and the clamps on. After it dries and I take the clamps off, I will examine the joints and see if any need to be filled with a little bit of epoxy I guess. One corner has some pretty big gaps all the way around it looks like. I am pleased that the box came out relatively square (only 1/8” out of square). Some people might say that is a lot, but I didn’t do anything to try and keep it square, it just came out th...

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Part 4: Glue-Up Bottom

04-09-2015 04:23 AM by ruddhess | 0 comments »

I actually resorted to using my new HF power planer to get the edges of these two boards flat and smooth enough to glue up. But I am most interested in making and constructing right now. I actually love all those dark knots against the lighter colored white pine boards! I did find a relatively good crosscut saw at local GW this evening. Only 8$ (within my price range!) A juxtaposition of saws: I got this saw today while on lunch. I used it tonight to trim the edges of the bottom...

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Part 5: Handles

04-11-2015 04:09 AM by ruddhess | 5 comments »

New saw cuts SO very smooth – glue-up quality! I’m very pleased! Gluing the second “handle” to the end. Handles are clamped and waiting for glue to dry. Bottom still has screws in place and will come out tomorrow some time when the glue has dried more. Starting to look really nice! I love this design – traditional Japanese carpenter tool box. Uh oh! I am such a nongerhead! The handle on one end was sticking up just a tad so I went to shave it down a b...

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Part 6: The Top

04-12-2015 05:35 AM by ruddhess | 0 comments »

Getting the ends put on the top now. Both end top pieces are glued and screwed on. This piece is 3-1/2” wide. And this piece is 3” wide. A view inside with the end piece on top. These dowels are definitely too soft. Next time hardwood or poplar dowels. Or maybe square nails. Flush cut and sanded. One end done. OK, I’m sold. This is the best saw blade I’ve ever owned. Smoothest cut ever! Getting ready do glue up an extra board to make ...

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Part 7: Filling In Some Cracks - Oops!

04-17-2015 02:17 AM by ruddhess | 5 comments »

First off, I should have used epoxy. Secondly, my experiment with coloring yellow glue went awry. Well, somewhat anyway. I found a way to make a nice dark brown color (could be used successfully on some dark walnut). I just got into the cupboard and found some cheap food coloring like they sell to color easter eggs. I added a bunch of red first, and that came out sort of magenta looking, so I added a little bit of each of the other colors: yellow, green, blue. Mixed it with regular Elmer̵...

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