Japanese tools #17: Japanese toolbox - update.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 07-05-2012 04:23 PM 17093 reads 4 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Japanese toolbox – update

Just a little update for the toolbox part.
A few people asked how the lid worked, so here pictures, and others asked where Shave has gone to these days, and this will be answered also, along with a few other details.

Here you see the box with the lid open, and the hangers in action.
I cut the video clip so it could not be seen sorry.

I had a mushroom I have turned on the late some time back and this became a wonderful organic hanger.
Just a strong leather sting to hang the board.

The bucket I made with Mike has become a beautiful match and are used for storage.

Lid closed, note the gap on the right side.
The lid is simply pushed this way and then opens.

And all the tools are ready to use.

My man Shave, he is fine.
He moved into a bookcase until I find a new workshop.
As you can see he ‘hang’ out here.

Those of you who saw the video saw my Japanese Kimono, it is a vintage Kimono I bought from Japan, 70 years old silk, a treasure and a pleasure to wear.
Here the letter I got from the seller, along with a little origami crane.
This touched my heart.

And here it is put in my sketch book.
Some of you know I folded more than 1000 cranes, the first 1000 for good luck before my big operation, so he could not have chosen someone better to send this.

The video Grizz is asking for is still in the blog, put here it comes again…

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My latest Japanese tool post, plane wrap from leather to protect the blade.

The end of the tool box update blog.

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.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 07-05-2012 04:37 PM

Hi Shave, nice crib you have there ;)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 07-05-2012 04:42 PM

all i can do is smile.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 04:45 PM

what a wonderful presentation you did with all of this, i enjoyed it so much, and it opened my eyes and thoughts as to how and why wood workers have different tools, do things in different ways, and i felt the wonderful spirit from it all…..sorry you pulled the video, seeing the Japanese Kimono was a real treat, and you looked very nice in it i thought…thanks so much mads,

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 07-05-2012 04:45 PM

Nice to see Shave made the move with you Mads. I like his hairstyle. Has anyone tripped over your toolbox yet? If my wife was there, she definitely would. Lol.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 07-05-2012 04:49 PM

Nice, To all life a little smile must go.


-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 04:54 PM

A well organized kit Mads, and of course I like the bucket displayed with it very much. I spent quite a lot of time in Japan while in the Navy from 1957/1961 and I do greatly appreciate the Japanese aesthetic and the elegant simplicity of their culture. This elegance and simplicity seems to be present in every part of Japanese life including woodworking. Your blogs bring back a lot of very pleasant memories to me as does the bucket also. So many thanks for this blog series.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 04:56 PM


-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 05:04 PM

What a wonderful update.
Thanks for including us in you life.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 05:29 PM

Thanks for the update and many, many thanks for the video…simply wonderful!

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 06:14 PM

Thanks for this Mads !

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#11 posted 07-05-2012 06:15 PM

Thank you for including us in your journey, it’s been a pleasure.

A great ‘blog’ and an interesting history lesson. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#12 posted 07-05-2012 06:43 PM

Mads, I appreciate your work here. I really like the pine and clear finishes. Over time it will mellow out nicely. Seems as if you are making the best of your situation right now.

Best thoughts and wishes from Florida!


-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#13 posted 07-05-2012 06:48 PM

how wonderful. you also have great lighting where you are at… that is such a benefit over a dark basement/garage. much more pleasing to work that way

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#14 posted 07-05-2012 07:20 PM

Great stuff Mads.
Thanks for taking the time to put all that together.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#15 posted 07-05-2012 07:24 PM

Hey Mads,

Clear pine finish and white walls, your living room looks really ZEN. Once again, thanks for sharing.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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