My first project

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Project by niki posted 04-23-2007 07:56 AM 2195 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yep, it was 12 years ago, Japan, the biggest department store – “Seibu” (the richest man in the world before Bill took the lead with “Windows”), we saw some clear plastic tissue box.

My wife wanted to buy it but I said “Plastic???”
“Can you make it of wood?”...”of course”, I replied.

At that time, my “woodworking tools” included, hand drill, jigsaw, file and some screwdrivers.

So, we went to the local carpenter and ordered 1/4” plywood pieces cut exactly to my “cutting list” and he even gave me some sandpaper to sand the box and told me how to use it (with pad).

We went home and I, very carefully glued the pieces with…..Super glue.
The hole was cut with jigsaw and filed.

I finished it with “Nisu” – Varnish in Japanese (we made a few more but stained them).

And that’s it, I got the bug (and how much)

Since than, I made many Boxes, big, small, with doors, with drawers and glass, many of them we gave to friends when we left Japan but this “box”, I’ll keep forever…


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#1 posted 04-23-2007 11:41 AM

it’s beautiful and holds such a wonderful memory!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 04-23-2007 12:48 PM

Beautiful keepsake, Niki.
_”Before jigs !”_LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 04-23-2007 01:01 PM

Neat little reminder of Japan. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 04-23-2007 03:16 PM

Keep the “Bug” Niki. You are doing good, right from the get-go.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Bill Cowan

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#5 posted 04-26-2007 01:01 AM

Great first box project. Reminds me of mine (which I’ll not show) and the satisfaction of taking raw wood and making something useful out f it.

-- ICN, Bill, (

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#6 posted 05-05-2007 07:56 AM

What a cool story! Very clean and crsip – just what I would expect from you Niki!

I am glad we have the shuffle feature!


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