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Project by Bonjin1977 posted 1876 days ago 5785 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my very first project, so I decided to make a practical toolbox. I used traditional “yaki-sugi,” literary means “burning cedar” method for final finish.





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1876 days ago

very interesting a most unique tool box

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scrappy

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#2 posted 1876 days ago

Nice looking box. Great tight joints.

Keep up the good work.

Thanks for posting.

WELCOME TO LJ’S

Scrappy

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patron

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#3 posted 1876 days ago

nice simple design , welcome ! and on the baby too .
we are here to help and learn .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Emeralds

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#4 posted 1875 days ago

I’m a big fan of both Japanese and primitive design. Your piece incorporates both and the finish is something completely new to me and I love it. I’m going out immediately to see what I can find out about the technique.

I’m going to make one suggestion for a quick and easy improvement to the integrity of the look. It’s obvious that you’ve gone to a lot of trouble to cut the joints (a very nice job at that) and they look great, and although we all glue and screw most of our work, most common metal fasteners are unsightly and can distract the continuity of the design distracting from the overall look, at least IMO.

Whenever you need to use screws in a visible area, try setting them below the surface of the work into a shallow hole 3/8ths of an inch deep or so and the diameter of any commonly available dowel (usually a size just larger than the screw head is ideal). Then when final assembly is done it’s a simple matter to add a drop of wood glue into hole, plug it with a dowel and trim the dowel flush to the work piece. Presto! No unsightly screw heads. I think you’ll find it super fast and easy to do and an effective way to hide screw heads when needed.

Overall, a really nice job.
Thanks for sharing.
Joe

-- JMP

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Junji

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#5 posted 1875 days ago

Welcome to LJ, and I am surprised another Japanese technics here…
I remember my dad used to have these kind of tool box in my house when I was really small.
By the way, Sugi is cedar, not pine. You know, my family name has the name of the tree…

-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 1875 days ago

What type of tools are usuallly put in that style box. It looks like a small toolbox for hand tools.

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jockmike2

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#7 posted 1875 days ago

Nice box joints. Nice finish and design. I like japanese carpentry.

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Bonjin1977

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#8 posted 1875 days ago

I learned something new…Sugi is Cedar. Thank you Junji san!

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Splinterman

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#9 posted 1875 days ago

Has character and nice design.

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Bonjin1977

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#10 posted 1875 days ago

Yeah, you can put only small tools, such as hammer, chisels, etc. My grandpa had a huge one. One of my honey-do lists is to make a blanket chest. I am thinking about using a similar design, so keep checking!

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gjd

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#11 posted 1874 days ago

Very nice tool box. I like the finish. I used “burning cedar” technique to make house numbers for my daughters house. Now I know a new name for it and will impress my daughter when I explain that I used the yaki-sugi technique. Thanks for the bit of education.

-- gjd Southcentral Wisconsin

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clieb91

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#12 posted 1873 days ago

Welcome to LumberJocks. The finish is very good looking. I may have to look into this as well. Thank you for posting and look forward to the blanket chest and other projects.

CtL

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