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  1. Mahogany Carved Twin Bed

    Ladies and gentlemen, This project was born somewhere at the local IKEA. I realized there that I wanted a simple and practical bed with the feel of beautiful real wood, chopped, carved, and finished myself. Here it is: Honduras mahogany - I didn't want to spend time working on a cheap...
  2. Bonsai golf ball display

    I play in an annual golf tournament and donate a unique golf ball display every year. This is this year's display that I call "Bonsai" after the shaped Japanese trees. The woods are Walnut and Maple and measures approximately 22" wide by 16" high. Thanks for looking,
  3. Japanese Chisel Box

    Last Christmas I asked for each of these Japanese chisels as gifts from various family members. Now that I have a full set I decided that they needed a better home than a paper bag. So I used up some "scraps" to build this sliding-lid box. Mahogany with a maple top and lined with black leather...
  4. Handle for Japanese Pull Saw Blade

    A while ago, I ordered my first Japanese Dozuki Saw to realise I had bought a replacement blade only. Today, I took a piece of scrap Oak and made a simple handle to suit my hand. I cut a 2cm section of Galvanised Sheet Steel that I folded to form a spine and fitted it to the blade. I roughly...
  5. Gate for Japanese style fence

    Just installed a gate I designed and made for the Japanese style fence at our house in Kansas City. I am new to woodworking and very much a novice when it comes to using my table saw. I had some two by four fir lumber which I ripped to one by two for the frame. Used lap joints at the corners and...
  6. Manly Japanese Inspired Work Mug

    If you prefer not to read, the video is here View on YouTube So I had recently acquired a full set of auger bits but the box I had for them wasn't really worth fixing and was pretty much done for. I wanted to do something different and totally overkill for the job of holding the bits and...
  7. Spalted Japanese Maple Goblet

    "Spalted Japanese Maple Goblet" is such big name for such a small turing. I cannot get over how beautiful wood can be. This goblet was made from the trunk of a small Japanese Maple tree that died. I normally do not bother with such small pieces, as the trunk was only about 4" in diameter and...
  8. Japanese Stool (Hand Tools Only)

    I built this Japanese stool for someone, and wanted to use only hand tools. The stool has 12 mortise and tenon joints, and is glued together. The lumber is recyled from an area construction site. The top was shaped using tons of saw kerfs as stop cuts along the top to the desired depth of the...
  9. Japanese Sawhorses Wedged

    This is all about joinery. Found the plans online and had some real fun with this project. I use these horses every single day. White ash beam from my yard tree, cherry legs, hickory stretcher, cocobolo wedges, Douglas fir feet. Wedged mortise is way tighter than I thought it would be. One...
  10. Decorative Box

    This Mike Jagielo decorative box design is made from tiger maple and bubinga. It measures approximately 11 1/2 inches wide, 5 1/2 inches deep, and 3 1/4 high. The tapered legs are at a 4 deg angle which gives it kind of an oriental look. The lid pivots on pin hinges. For a finish, I used...
  11. A Japanese Bunmawashi (Beam Compass)

    If you prefer not to read, the build video is here View on YouTube I first heard of this tool from the Toshio Odate book on Japanese tools. I thought it was pretty fascinating and I tucked it away in the back of my mind as a "do it someday" project. Well the excuse to build came when one of...
  12. Japanese Wari Kebiki (Splitting Gauge)

    If you prefer not to read, the video is here View on YouTube So for those who don't know, a Wari Kebiki is simply a different form of the Japanese marking gauge (sometimes referred to as a Suji Kebiki). The standard marking gauge as the name implies is designed to mark/score the wood in a...
  13. Japanese Box - My Take

    This was for wife for our 5-year anniversary. Gotta justify the tool budget occasionally. hehehe This project was an interpretation of an original design posted by Ryan Shervill entitled, The Original Japanese Box. He was kind enough to offer some assembly tips after I emailed him about the...
  14. Black walnut lounge chairs

    Pair of lounge chairs in black walnut, with removeable maple support (shown without jute webbing added later). We bought the foam pads online but my wife made the cushion covers herself. First team effort! I'll probably need her help again next because when I get back from Japan I hope to start...
  15. Japanese style tool box, maple and walnut

    This is from plans I found online for a Japanese style tool box. I initially intended to just make it sort of "rough and ready" - I had a couple soft maple boards that I didn't have a use for. But I ended up using some scraps of walnut I had from a billet I used for something else, so I used...
  16. The "Zatoichi" Toolbox

    If you prefer not to read, the video is here Regarding the name of this project. Zatoichi is the main character from a series of movies by the same title. The first ones were made as far back as the 1960s and the most recent around the early 2000s. Zatoichi is a blind man who works as a...
  17. Tale of Two Tool Chests

    I am headed off to the Great Lakes Woodworking Festival in Adrian, Mi tomorrow, and I realized (several weeks ago) that I didn't have a proper way to transport my tools. So I ended up making a pair of tool chests. The one on the left is a small Dutch tool chest via Chris Schwarz (...
  18. Japanese Tool Boxes

    I have a few power tools in my shop and have wanted somewhere to keep them. I saw Andrew Hunter's Japanese toolbox in Fine Woodworking Magazine and thought that it would be perfect. My brother in law came for a visit and he wanted one as well so we each built one. Despite being for power tools...
  19. Japanese tool box / chisel box (pallet wood)

    Japanese tool box / chisel box. A little tsūrubokkusu (I think!) So after a few days in Paris smelling no wood, but looking a lot on the web, making research for my grease box story (and resting due to my not always funny health), I had to see some shavings, and get the smell of fresh cut wood...
  20. The Whittler's Toolchest

    If you prefer not to read, video is here View on YouTube I have a family member (brother in law) that had mentioned to his wife that he wanted to begin doing finer woodworking. He's in general construction so he doesn't get much chance to make smaller finer items. So what better way to hone...
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