Japanese chisel box.
Urban recycle project.
Ok he lost it!
This box was actually made as a gift for a very special friends birthday, her name is Lulu, Lulus father is a cabinetmaker and so she grew up with the smell of fresh shaves, she love that smell and for this reason it was for me a must to make her a gift that smelled wood and that was made with my hands.
Is not only a box, it is a little box that are a reproduction of one I made a long time ago and call the Japanese chisel box because it has the right size for storing chisels, and because it is a small copy of the traditional Japanese toolbox.
Urban recycle what is that?
It is an idea that I have a wish, a hope. If we look around us so much are trashed, and in the city the streets are floating with stuff, trash to some, but with the right intentions and a little creativity a lot of this can be reclaimed, we can use what some see as trash and transform it into useful and perhaps even esthetic items.
If the little Japanese chisel box Lulu got is esthetic this I will leave to others, but it is useful and it came from my heart and are now officially urban recycle.
What is he talking about?
A board taken of a pallet in the street, it might come from another country and have had its life transporting goods.
A box for fruit, this one is the standard box for fruit delivery in Denmark and plenty of people put them in the street for trash every week, also shops get fruits in boxes like this, and they are made from a thin three layered plywood or a thin wood, and a fiberboard bottom.
Samples comes out to put it apart.
When the bottom are out you might just do like this to cut it up if you don’t need the full length of the wood.
Of course this can be done with a handsaw.
Here is what I ended up with.
The bits and pieces can end in the fireplace if you have one.
So first a cut up to clean the sides up.
And of course I use a Japanese plane to plane the boards, but it is not needed if you do not have a plane.
I also use a no. 7, to set the board straight.
Big boy’s big toys, and he is not Japanese.
Now decide the length of the box and cut up one piece of the thin plywood and two pieces of the pallet wood.
Here I clean it up on the table saw so I am sure they are all true.
Put the two sides on top of the bottom and measure the space left, this will be the width of the inside so we can cut of the end pieces in this size, and we also need this measure to make the slide in lid.
Cut the two end pieces.
Ok I’m late for the birthday, so I’ll have to wrap it up like this and go!
Lulu will be in a guessing game then, and I will finish it when I come back.
By the way, it was a wonderful birthday party, wonderful people, we had a good time, Lulu seemed to be happy for the day and I left late thinking of a dinosaur walking on a beach but that is a long story that have a hard time leaving my head.
Time to fasten the bottom, for this I use glue and nails.
I chosen some beautiful nails made of copper since the box is for Lulu and she has a strong sense for details, and will be aware that they will grow more and more beautiful as time goes, and also it can add a little femininity.
To make sure the nails will not break the wood I pre drill. This I do with my push drill and drill points (I love the look and the use of that tool).
Time to glue.
And nails to hold it together. Since it is a Japanese box I go after the rule, as few nails as possible.
Tome to make the lid.
Plywood in the width of the box.
Mark up how wide you want it, it needs a little width to grip the lid.
Cut two of these.
It should look like this.
Glue, even when out of focus…
Pre drill and nails.
Here I use little Miss Debbie to help me (The hammer).
Three on a line.
End looks like this now.
Hope you get the big picture.
For the sliding lid we need some plywood in the width of the box and some in the width of the inside of the box.
Cut of two pieces like this that are in the width of the box. Now we need focus!
The two pieces must be placed as seen on the picture.
Place the lids end against the one opening.
Tape one small piece to the lid a little distance from the opening.
Tape the other small piece to the other end so it is barely against the other opening.
Now app. double the size of the upper side end and mark it.
(This is not so clear so look at the last picture).
Glue and nail.
Turn the lid around and bend the nails over.
To close the box put the longest end down inside the box.
Push it to it meets the end and push it down.
Then pull it back and the lid will be ‘locked’.
The box is a reality
Time to smoke the pipe.
No! It’s time to run again over to Lulu since she just called and invited me for a coffee.
So a light wrap and a handful of shaves inside and off to coffee.
Thank you Lulu.
Perhaps this can inspire to make gifts, make Japanese tool or chisel boxes or even some urban recycle, the choice is yours.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.