Yosegi-Zaiku Style Sewing Basket

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Project by Leroy5 posted 02-11-2015 05:51 AM 2151 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started on this project while doing the last one I posted (the toybox), and I used many of the same patterns. Both were to be Christmas presents, and both were late! I just finished this one tonight, so it is a combination Christmas / Valentine’s present to my very patient wife.
Individual wood sticks were glued into 12” long pattern blocks, which were sliced into about 3/32” sheets, which were taped into the patterns you see in the photos, then glued to the American Cherry boxes. The boxes were articulated with clear unbreakable plastic. The handle is my first ever successful steam-bending project. The rejects pile was pretty tall. (The secret is the you cannot use kiln-dried wood, or even wood air-dried to less than 10% moisture content.)
Relieved to be done!

-- Leroy

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#1 posted 02-11-2015 10:05 AM

this is the most insanely cool sewing boxes I have ever seen..just love it.

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#2 posted 02-11-2015 10:28 AM

I like this style, box is very beautiful

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 02-11-2015 12:14 PM

that is awesome, great job

-- steve, simple and effective

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#4 posted 02-11-2015 01:24 PM

Very nice work!

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#5 posted 02-11-2015 02:44 PM

Very Impressive! Did you slice it in the traditional Yosegi fashion (with a plane)?

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi -

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#6 posted 02-11-2015 03:23 PM

Fabulous. What a lovely interpretation of Zaiku

-- Evan, Australia,

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#7 posted 02-11-2015 04:14 PM

No. These pieces were cut to thickness with a bandsaw and are very simple designs and sloppy workmanship compared to real Yosegi-Zaiku craftsmen’s work. The added thickness did make the veneering much more problematic, however. It is such a shame that the war nearly destroyed the craft.

-- Leroy

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#8 posted 02-11-2015 07:03 PM

WOW beautiful I love it what a great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 02-11-2015 09:06 PM

That’s an amazing box. Did you use a bandsaw to cut the veneer from the blocks? I’ve seen a video of a Japanese woodworker using a large hand plane to cut veneer curls off parquetry blocks like this, but it seemed like a very specialized tool and skill.

I love the expanding design and curved handle.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 02-12-2015 02:30 AM

WOW! That is some work there. Great job and thanks for sharing

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#11 posted 02-12-2015 02:34 AM

Nicely done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#12 posted 02-12-2015 04:57 AM


I don’t know who has the most patience: your wife or you! That took an incredible amount of work. What attention to detail!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#13 posted 02-12-2015 05:57 PM

That thing is a feakin’ treasure.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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