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Project by asiago posted 03-16-2015 02:48 PM 1404 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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I’ve been dabbling in woodworking for a long time, but I’ve never tackled any big projects, this is my first. I’ve certainly never done anything as professional or finished/refined as most of the projects I see here, so I’m open to any pointers and comments you all are willing to provide!

I decided that I needed a better storage for my hand tools than the milk crates I’ve been using, and so I drew up some basic toolbox designs. THEN I discovered there’s kind of a ‘standard’ design, and I watched the videos from Paul Seller’s recent build (the one which he finished with black milk paint?), which seemed pretty good… and then I discovered the Japanese style, thanks to another lumberjocks user, Mafe, and it instantly clicked as what I wanted to build.

So, I studied the photos on Mafe’s project, found some other photos using Google, then drew it all up. I found some beautiful “blue pattern pine” tongue-and-groove stuff at my local Home Depot. 4’ sections (they’re like 5” wide and almost 3/4” thick) which were $1.68 each so I bought 12 of them and got started.

The whole box is made from these pieces, edge-joined and then glued together, and pinned with dowels. I used my little crappy ryobi table saw to rip the pieces, but the rest of this box was built with hand tools. Mostly my ancient ryoba saw, my other little saws you see in the last photo and my home-depot-special chisels (and all my various clamps!)

One big difference between this and other japanese tool boxes, I added a removable handle. The handles on either end of the box are cut to 20 degrees to make them easier to hold on to. I took advantage of this angle, and used some scrap pieces that fit nicely (rather loose actually), which a handle can be slid into at the top. I’m probably going to bore a hole in this handle for a dowel to fit. The handle works pretty well. I took some of my wife’s exercise weights and loaded up my box with about 30 lbs of weight to test it out, no complaints.

I finished it with a wax finish, a blend of mineral oil, beeswax, carnauba wax, pine sap, let it get nice and warm in the sun and rubbed 2 coats in with my fingers.

Final Thoughts: I’m going to take advantage of the grooves on the insides of the pieces (leftover from the tongue-and-groove) to make some pressure-fit cross pieces to hold a little tray/shelf in one side for the small tools, so they don’t get lost among all the bigger things. I’ve also learned a lot in the process.

Next up, I’m going to figure out how to use hand planes and save up some money to buy some. Oh, and better chisels.

Comments, please? What’s the best way to organize tools inside the box?

Thanks for the inspiration, Mafe.





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ruddhess

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#1 posted 03-16-2015 03:38 PM

That looks awesome! The color of the wood is very interesting.

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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ruddhess

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#2 posted 03-16-2015 03:48 PM

asiago,

You could find some scraps of leather and attach them to the insides of the tool box and secure some of your tools in that fashion – protect them from bouncing around and dull or nick sharp edges. Similar to what I did on my leather tools toolbox:

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#3 posted 03-16-2015 04:25 PM

Nice tool box, that sure looks like beetle kill pine wood

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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asiago

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#4 posted 03-16-2015 04:31 PM



Nice tool box, that sure looks like beetle kill pine wood

- recycle1943

Thanks! It’s probably the same. At my home depot, it’s labelled ‘Blue Pattern Pine’, but there’s really no such thing if I search the internet. ‘blue pine’ matches the same look, as does ‘beetle kill pine’, so I bet the big-box store just got it wrong.

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asiago

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#5 posted 03-16-2015 04:32 PM



asiago,

You could find some scraps of leather and attach them to the insides of the tool box and secure some of your tools in that fashion – protect them from bouncing around and dull or nick sharp edges. Similar to what I did on my leather tools toolbox:

- ruddhess

I like that idea, thanks for suggesting it!

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handsawgeek

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#6 posted 03-16-2015 05:49 PM

I really like the rustic look of this tool box. This is the kind of stuff that you would envision coming out of an old barn at an estates sale…and full of rusty vintage tools. A box like this would definitely fit well in my workshop. Nice job!

-- Ed

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#7 posted 03-16-2015 10:15 PM

Beatiful!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#8 posted 03-16-2015 10:45 PM

Nice tool box, Very well done.

Rick

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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asiago

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#9 posted 03-16-2015 10:52 PM

Thanks everyone! I love you guys!!

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mafe

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#10 posted 03-18-2015 10:57 PM

What a nice tool box.
Fine work there, really fine.
Be careful, the Japanese bug bites hard.
Thanks for the kind words.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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AESamuel

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#11 posted 03-19-2015 02:08 PM

The colour of the wood fits that project really well, my next project will be a tool box and I love the look of this design, and I think the idea of using dowels suits the Japanese theme very well.

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