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Japanese "Luthier" Mini Toolbox

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Project by Lemongrasspicker posted 01-25-2017 12:04 AM 2133 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my little essentials toolbox. It’s nothing special, no crazy joinery. Just a bunch of small bits of oak I picked up as scrap cutoffs from my favorite local hardwood dealer. A little piece of scrap paduak for some color. parts squared up, glued up, slap on some tung oil and it’s ready to go to work.

The little add on on the left side of box is intended as a “finger vise” for small cutting. I do luthiery and repair work on guitars as a profession and as a result I’m always cutting tiny little pieces of stock of spruce/mahogany etc… the corner serves to make it quick for me instead of having to clamp things up, small bits of spruce tend to split easily in the vise and the hold gives me a much more reliable way to cut. It saves me from having to carry or keep a mini vise around. see the picture for how it works, it’s pretty self explanatory.

I left the saw marks on the handle for grip, seems to work, plus by the time I made the handle I was sick of planing for that day.

The box holds enough stuff to handle everyday jobs (string changes, nut making etc…) and a few for some more complex jobs such as crack repairs and top grafts. Some tools are just nice to have around even if you don’t use them each day.

Anyways, it accompanies me to work each day now and it’s nice to have around.

-- www.youtube.com/lemongrasspicker





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Randy Price

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#1 posted 01-25-2017 01:03 AM

A handy little tool box – like the Japanese aesthetic. Thanks for posting.

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slapdash

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#2 posted 01-25-2017 08:08 AM

I love it. and wow! you’re a luthier respect

-- I'm not creative, I'm just bad at copying

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 01-25-2017 03:17 PM

This is a very nice tool box. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Porchfish

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#4 posted 02-18-2017 01:37 PM

This handy little box is pleasant to the eye ! I also enjoyed what I could see of the table/bench? it is resting on Thanks for the share !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 02-18-2017 01:48 PM

I agree with all above … great job! For the life of me I cannot figure out how the lid is secured … please enlighten me. Thanks in advance.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Lemongrasspicker

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#6 posted 02-18-2017 10:25 PM



This handy little box is pleasant to the eye ! I also enjoyed what I could see of the table/bench? it is resting on Thanks for the share !

- Porchfish

Thanks for the kind words, the table it’s on is a slab of Pecan I worked down and just put some metal legs on for simplicity.

-- www.youtube.com/lemongrasspicker

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Lemongrasspicker

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#7 posted 02-18-2017 10:26 PM



I agree with all above … great job! For the life of me I cannot figure out how the lid is secured … please enlighten me. Thanks in advance.

- Ron Aylor

Hi Ron, the lid secures in the same way as a traditional japanese toolbox. It slides in on the side with the little finger vise and locks in on the other side.

-- www.youtube.com/lemongrasspicker

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Ron Aylor

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#8 posted 02-18-2017 11:57 PM


I agree with all above … great job! For the life of me I cannot figure out how the lid is secured … please enlighten me. Thanks in advance.

- Ron Aylor

Hi Ron, the lid secures in the same way as a traditional japanese toolbox. It slides in on the side with the little finger vise and locks in on the other side.

- Lemongrasspicker

Thanks … I think I can see it now … again, great little build!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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