Japanese Tool Chest for my dominos

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Project by PhillipsTed posted 09-26-2015 06:37 PM 3660 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife got tired of the little tin box that our domino set came in – the lid didn’t latch down, so she had to wrap a large rubber band around it when we took it on travel. She asked me to make a wooden box for them with a “secure lid”. At the time, I was reading Christopher Schwarz’ posts about the traditional Japanese woodworkers’ tool chest, and thought this would be perfect for this application – if I scaled it down somewhat…

The chest is made from cherry with bloodwood handles, end pieces and lid stops. I through-mortised the ends of the box and also made the bottom double thickness and rabbeted it so that it fit up inside the carcase to give it more glue surface. Finished with Waterlox original.

-- Worry less...breathe more...

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#1 posted 09-26-2015 07:15 PM

Nice. Should get you some nice wifey points

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL

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#2 posted 09-26-2015 07:57 PM

Very Nice Indeed! Great job! ~ Welcome to Lumber Jocks.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#3 posted 09-26-2015 08:01 PM

This turned out beautifully.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 09-27-2015 12:29 AM

Japanese tool chests don’t do too much for me in general, but that’s really nice, very good execution. That’s one of those things that you can be proud of every time you take them out.

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#5 posted 09-27-2015 01:10 AM

Very nice box. Nicest home for dominos I’ve ever seen. Great work.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#6 posted 09-27-2015 01:26 PM

Otstanding design.You choose very nice woods for the project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 09-27-2015 02:23 PM

Nice looking box. You did your dominos proud.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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#8 posted 09-27-2015 05:01 PM

How does the box stay closed?? Some sort of dovetail wedge?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#9 posted 09-27-2015 09:31 PM

How does the box stay closed?? Some sort of dovetail wedge?

- Belg1960

I was originally planning to use a dovetail wedge on the top and cut the stops on the lid with the matching slope. But I found when the box was finished, that the friction of the top held it in place solidly. So I never finished off the dovetail wedge… but I have it downstairs in case the need arises.

Thanks for the nice comments, Gents!


-- Worry less...breathe more...

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#10 posted 09-28-2015 10:03 PM

Thanks Ted, I saw the dovetail cuts in the lid pieces. I would be afraid if with use over time that the friction fit might not stay as tight, I would keep the wedge piece “just in case” lol. Color match ;-)

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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