Project 11 - Japanese Toolbox

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Project by Richard B posted 02-13-2015 03:51 AM 3539 views 6 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After moving my shop to a semi-public space, I needed a new way to store my hand tools. Mainly when I’m out of the shop I needed to keep them out of immediate view but 1) wanted to keep them easily accessable and 2) movable to either my car or a locked room. About the same time I was having to move my shop, I stumbled upon some pictures of Japanese toolboxes. I fell in love with the form and wanted to try making one.

The current shop temperature is too cool to put a finish on the box, so I have started using it already. We’ll see if it gets a finish at all.

Poplar, screws and nails. Hide glue.
Bottom compartment divided for saws and planes.
Sliding till rides above the saws, etc.

-- Richard B, Birmingham Alabama

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#1 posted 02-13-2015 05:21 AM

Very nice and practical tool box. I have made a couple, and they can be proportioned to fit your needs. I don’t think they need a finish beyond maybe some oil or wax. Your box should last your lifetime – or longer.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#2 posted 02-13-2015 06:31 AM

Looking good, I smile whenever I see folks build these. I’ve build them for gift boxes, as modified jewelry boxes, and of course my toolbox. Simple, practical, and neat.

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#3 posted 02-13-2015 01:07 PM

Great job! These boxes are so simple yet so great!

-- Dennis, WV

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#4 posted 02-14-2015 05:41 AM

Wonderful details, love the inside set up. I have never seen the inside of one of these before, great tool box

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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