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Finally I am able to post the Xmas gifts I made last year.
The first one is a tool box for my 7 year old son.
And this is old Japanese carpenter tool box, like Blake just posted a photo here, (that was really amazing he did so a while ago!).

I wanted my son to be around the shop when he can now, yes I think he is old enough to experience some of them. So I decided to give some of his own tools and a tool box.
As I said in the comment on Blake’s project, the secret of this box is the lid. The first photo is showing how is is closed all the way, and when you open it you just slide the lid to left, so it opens like the 2nd photo. If you carefully see the 2nd photo, you see the projection/wing of the right of the lid is half shorter than the left.

It is really an easy system, but works really great. it never opens if you shake the box or turns it up side down. The wisdom of the ancient carpenters!!!

The tools I put in the box are cheap, but I guess good enough to start for him. Someday he will put more tools in here and he will need another tool box, then I can teach how to make this box to him.

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みなさま、年末年始はいかがお過ごしでしたでしょうか?
僕はといいますと、下の娘が体調を崩して、年末までは毎日のように病院に連れて行ったり、忘年会をしたりでバタバタとしており、年が明けて、上の息子だけを連れて京都の実家へ行っていたりで、何だかいつもの正月らしくはありませんでしたが、いつものようにたくさん食べたり、飲んだりしておりました。。。(いかん!)

さて、年末のバタバタしている時期に、何とか間に合わせて作った子供たちへのクリスマスプレゼント、まずは第一弾。7歳の息子には「大工道具箱」!
この道具箱、江戸時代の大工さんが考えたもので、シンプルなのにすごいんです。
この写真をみますと、はい、ちゃんとふたがしまっています。

で、フタを左にスライドさせて持ち上げるとこの通り、ふたが持ち上がります。

よーくみますと、ふたの右側の出っ張りは左側の半分だけ、そう、差し込んでスライドさせればちゃんと蓋が閉まるように出来ているんですね。いやぁ、先人の知恵というのはなかなか素晴らしいものです。

1年生にそろそろ一緒に木工をやったりできるようになったかなぁ、ということで、大工道具セット。なかには簡単な工具、トンカチ、ノコギリ、キリ、差し金などなどいろいろと詰め込んでみました。

そのうち、少しずつ自分なりに工具も増えて来て、この工具箱がいっぱいになったら、新しい工具箱を自分で作れるように教えてあげたいなぁ、と思ったりする年始であります。

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





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Abbott

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#1 posted 1650 days ago

Very nice. I like the grain you chose for the lid.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 1650 days ago

Junji, this is a beautiful tool box that will make a wonderful gift to your son. It is great to see you getting him involved in woodworking early. I am sure he will enjoy the gift and will truly appreciate it when he gets older. You have given him a good starter set of tools as well. There will be time enough to get him a better set when he is older although I still have (and use) some of the screwdrivers that came with my first set of tools that I got when I was about your son’s age.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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hObOmOnk

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#3 posted 1650 days ago

Ichiban!

-- 温故知新

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#4 posted 1650 days ago

I love this tool box Junji. The simplicity of the lid is truly ingenious. You are right to admire the carpenters of the past. They wanted to get the most out of their hard work and this led to some very effective designs. This was a very nice gift to your son that I’m sure he will treasure.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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blackcherry

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#5 posted 1650 days ago

Happy New Year Bunji and son. It a wonderful story of sharing past and present together…thanks for posting Blkcherry

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#6 posted 1650 days ago

A very nice box and ingenious design of the lid. The right of the lid is half shorter than the left I suppose.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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Tim Dahn

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#7 posted 1650 days ago

Great tool box junji, even better passing on the knowledge of woodworking to your son. I’m sure it will pay untold dividends in the future with father son time spent together in the shop not to mention the unbuilt gifts from him to you!

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 1650 days ago

This is pretty cool.

I like the way that the lid drops in place and slides to lock shut.

I love the ability to view work from other countries and see the cultural influence in the designs. Thanks for being part of LJ and sharing, I really appreciate it!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Blake

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#9 posted 1650 days ago

Hey, where are the nails? lol

This turned out great. Its even more like the one in the book than mine. I’m sure it will be passed down through many generations. By the way, what keeps the lid from sliding over to the “unlocked” position when you don’t want it to? The branding is a nice detail too. But I can’t tell from the photo what it is?

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Don Newton

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#10 posted 1650 days ago

Very nice Junji! It looks like a piece of furniture. The wood appears to be some sort of Ash?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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patron

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#11 posted 1650 days ago

grandfather listened to the water flowing ,
father built a boat ,
i made a piano ,
my son plays the piano ,

and all the people ,
listen to the water music !

-- 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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Gary

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#12 posted 1650 days ago

Nice box…the sone will love it. BTW…something went terribly wrong with your keyboard….lol

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 1650 days ago

That is so cool!! What kind of wood did you use?

-- helen

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#14 posted 1650 days ago

good looking toolbox
I´m sure it will used a lot
thank´s for sharing

Dennis

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#15 posted 1650 days ago

Well done. You have a lucky son.

-- Guy,PEI

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