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Japanese tools #13: Japanese toolbox - drawer, making the wood drawer lock

06-08-2012 09:55 AM by mafe | 28 comments »

Japanese toolbox大工の道具箱 Here we are part two of the build.Last blog we made the basic box parts, now it’s time for handles, drawer and another little challenge. This was where we left last blog, the basic box. Ok a piece of wood same as the box for the handles. And some spacers also.(This time cutting on a German saw). Gluing spacers to the back of the handles. Clamps, clamps and clamps…Gluing the batterns to the lid and spacers to the handles. Top and end ...

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Japanese tools #15: Japanese woodworking videos - just for inspiration

06-19-2012 10:08 AM by mafe | 20 comments »

Japanese woodworking videosJust for inspiration Here some of the most interesting videos I ran into on my YouTube searches.Please feel free to post more in the comments if you have some of interest. <iframe src=”” frameborder=”0” height=”315” width=”420”></iframe> favorite Japanese cabinetmaker.Tools, floor, workbench. Cabin...

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LJ Gateways #3: Gateways: Tips & Tricks

08-14-2011 02:09 PM by MsDebbieP | 9 comments »

The Gateway Project The goal of this project is to fulfill the request for a “wiki” or “glossary of terms” for the site. Here is the link to the woodworking terminology list. And here is a posting a quick glance at site features   

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Japanese tools #11: Japanese toolbox - thoughts

05-31-2012 10:48 AM by mafe | 31 comments »

Japanese toolbox大工の道具箱 I have been looking forward for a while to make this blog, this because the result is one of my favorite woodworking projects, it was like a sum of skills leaned and also a design and history challenge that I enjoyed.The result is something I am proud of and that I think will stay with me for as long as I live. At first I made this small one out of trash wood in Paris, meant for chisels. Later another as a gift for a friend

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The Ultimate Shop Made Router Plane #1: The plan, the parts, the prototype

12-15-2012 04:04 AM by Ripthorn | 16 comments »

EDIT: A lot of the pictures are too large. You can see them here So last week I was watching Tommy MacDonald’s series on his tool box. When he pulled out the router plane to clean up some dadoes, I figured I should look into one. After seeing the prices for them, I decided I would look into making one. There are plans all over the place for them: the $5 router plane, Derek Cohen’s old woman’s tooth, numerous projects here, and the list goes on. However, most people s...

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Japanese tools #23: Bunmawashi - Japanese beam compass

11-12-2013 05:21 PM by mafe | 26 comments »

BunmawashiJapanese marking compass I post my blog no 200 here, amazing how time is running and that so many blogs have been made from me playing with wood and trying to understand how to work it.I will like to thank you all here on LJ, for all the inspiration you have given me, good advice, friendships and kind words that kept me posting. In this blog I make a Toshio Odate inspired compass. I dedicate this blog to all my friends here at LJ and since it is my 23 blog on Japanese tools...

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The grease box story #6: Old Danish grease box - finally

01-08-2015 05:40 PM by mafe | 6 comments »

The grease box story.Old Danish grease box – finally. Here it is, finally a Danish grease box, I have been wondering why I never found one.It is a gift from a artist friend, Flemming, thanks.(Yes I’m Danish). Just as we know them. Classic. ;-) It has been cleaned, but was with plenty of traces of old tallow. Here next to one of mine. Now with grease. Ready again for many years of use now. Best thoughts, may the grease be with you, Mads

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The grease box story #2: The 66 years old secret Abdel box from Lebanon.

10-10-2010 01:24 AM by mafe | 3 comments »

The grease box story.Chapter two: The 66 years old secret Abdel box from Lebanon. Even we are now far away from the original grease box story, I feel I have to tell this story before going back.Here is the original secret Abdel box. What do we know of this secret box then? We know Roy Underhill have seen one in a marked, I have seen some pen boxes made with this system as a child, but besides that I was not able to find out more until:I had a wonderful lunch at an old friend and architect ...

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Grease Box, Grease Recipe #1: Cream Furniture Polish Recipe

09-21-2010 09:35 PM by Jamie Speirs | 19 comments »

Cream Furniture Polish RecipeFurniture Preparation Oil Recipe or (Furniture Cream)Ingredients:32 oz 1.8lt Pure Turpentine (Not Turpentine Substitute or White Spirit)16 oz 908ml Boiled Linseed Oil8 oz 450g Beeswax1 oz 225g Carnauba Wax Flakes• Grate the Beeswax in a double bowl with hot water in the larger bowl (like a double boiler). Add linseed oil, stir well. Add Pure Turpentine, stir well. • There are double boilers available for wax candle making. They are expensive though and un...

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Japanese tools #14: Japanese toolbox - finish drawer, wood nails and final details.

06-11-2012 09:39 AM by mafe | 46 comments »

Japanese toolbox大工の道具箱 Here we are part three of the build.Last blog we made the drawer lock parts and other stuff, now it’s time for drawer parts and the nailing of the box. This was where we left last, right there on the floor. Drawer parts ready, front with wood lock made. And here is the drawing I made for the drawer, following traditional Japanese cabinetmaker ways. The drawer back gets its rabbet.And I get to test my Veritas mini shoulder plane (it works fantast...

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