Japanese Toolbox Build

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Blog series by siavosh updated 07-15-2014 03:46 AM 5 parts 43245 reads 20 comments total

Part 1: Design, Milling and Layout

05-25-2014 05:13 AM by siavosh | 3 comments »

This project has been a long time coming. Since I got the woodworking bug over a year ago, one of the projects I’ve been thinking about has been a traditional Japanese style toolbox for my growing set of tools. I got the wood for the project from a professional woodworker selling his off-cuts almost a year ago in anticipation of this project. But time, and the growing sense of “don’t mess it up” led to constant excuses for not starting. Since my last woodworking class ...

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Part 2: Mortising, slow going

05-26-2014 12:17 AM by siavosh | 9 comments »

I double checked the layout this morning, fixed them. then decided to tweek the size of the dovetails to be more safe and reduce the risk of splitting. Then I set about mortising. One of my biggest limitations in woodworking in an apartment is not being an obnoxious neighbor and banging on a chisel all day with folks trying to enjoy their weekend below you. So I went ahead and used my brace and bit to remove some of the waste, but at the end of the day you gotta bang on those chisels. I ended...

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Part 3: Mortises, Tennons, Pins and Dovetails

06-03-2014 03:16 AM by siavosh | 3 comments »

This weekend I was back to the build. I warned the wife and commandeered the dining table and began Saturday morning with great eagerness. But before I could return to chopping out some mortises, I had to address a blowout from the previous weekend. I’m learning that being tired, impatient, and wielding dull tools will inevitably lead to bad things in woodworking (and probably most everything else). If you’re lucky, you won’t get hurt and it’ll just lead to a ma...

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Part 4: Grooves and rebates

06-19-2014 04:09 AM by siavosh | 1 comment »

Work on the toolbox has been very intermittent given other commitments, but figured I’d quickly document the fitting of the bottom of the toolbox. Every time I use my grooving plane, I appreciate it more and promise myself not to underestimate its humble looks. The grooves where made on all four sides of the box. Since the sides overshoot the ends by about 3/4” by design, I initially thought they’d be stopped grooves, but from my research this would require a lot of c...

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Part 5: Finally

07-15-2014 03:46 AM by siavosh | 4 comments »

So after what feels like more than a month of travel and flu, I got a chance to finish the toolbox this past weekend. After a fair bit frustration (and fun), I built a toolbox that stays true to its name. I was hoping I’d end up with a high class sleek version of the classic sliding lid Japanese toolbox, but after a prolong and humbling experience, I’m happy it can just carry my tools. At some point, I’d like to add in a tray for the smaller items, but I think it can wait. S...

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