Japanese tool tray
for the new toolbox
To complete the setup for working with Japanese tools I wanted a little tool tray that I could use to hold and carry tools while working, especially to keep the chisels off the ground.
I decided it should be made so it could be stored and transported in the toolbox when not in use, that it should be made with the same joinery as the drawer and again no hardware.
For the beauty and the joy of the eye I wanted a handle made of a branch like I have on my tool tote , so first step was a walk in the forest.
Here a drawing of what I was aiming for.
As some of you know I need (and enjoy) help of power tools so first step is a little tour at the table saw to cut roughly to size.
First a sheet of thin board for the bottom.
Then some scrap from the toolbox is cut to the right board size and the four sides to length.
Now time for some marking.
Setting the gauge for the board thickness.
Marking the finger joints.
Dividing into three.
And some smoke.
Marking the waste.
Cutting the shoulder.
With a cutting gauge I go quite deep to make a crisp shoulder.
Then the waste can be removed quite fast and rough.
Cleaning the sides.
For this the Japanese chisels hollow back is not the best for guiding compared to my English cabinetmakers chisels.
But it’s just wood.
And quite fast it’s done.
Now check the shoulders, to determine where to go on the line.
I saw a bit off the line so I can pare myself to a perfect fit after.
If it was hardwood I would go closer.
Time to hone those English cabinetmakers chisels.
And pare the joint.
That’s a fine fit.
So fine that it can stay together in the air with no glue.
Next step is the groove for the bottom.
Since I did not have a Japanese plough plane for this task I used my Record.
This is how the Japanese version looks, I bought some after, that I now look forward to set up and make some shaves with.
Cutting the grooves.
Nice and crisp – I do love the 43.
And for the stopped grooves I fist cut the end point so I know where to stop and the wood will not tear this way.
And a little clean up.
This is why it need to be stopped.
Otherwise you would be able to see the groove come out through the end.
Bottom is cut to size.
Sounds like a jazzy thing…
Make sure to get it all over.
Not all over you and the table…
And in the tray you now see some pieces of wood that I have cut to make some dividers.
I cut a groove on the table saw.
Looking like dividers.
But a little thick so I will plane them down.
Now for the handle.
And I make a round tenon joint for the branch handle, with a cross pin
And the handle is made detachable and fitted into the tray side.
A JAPANESE INSPIRED TOOL TRAY.
That fits into the toolbox.
And you can play with…
Do not ask me why…
Now ready to help me carry and take care of my tools.
Hope this blog can bring some inspiration to others that play with Japanese tools and work methods.
I want to send a special warm thought to Toshio Odate, thank you for inspire ring me with your book, but most of all my sister who offered me my Japanese chisels and a Kanna that was the reason why this interest started.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.