|Project by asiago||posted 03-16-2015 02:48 PM||1434 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
Full image gallery here: http://imgur.com/a/H3zYi
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.