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Project by ChrisinOttawa posted 10-17-2010 07:00 PM 8936 views 17 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Used Google Sketchup to created a model of a Japanese tool box. Then I thought, perhaps I should make the box a specific size to store something like the 2 battery chargers taking up shelf space. I measured them and went back to Sketchup. Save the first file and created a second file where I used the move tool to resize the box to fit the chargers. Then I printed dimensioned drawing for the parts.
Old pine shelf boards were used for the construction. The bottom is a floating raised panel. Rosewood wedges for the tendons and a quick shellac finish. Happy to find that the lid has a snug tight fit.

-- Chirs in Ottawa





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twokidsnosleep

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 07:25 PM

Nicely done
Good custom fit to keep the shop tidy

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Clung

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 07:27 PM

I really like that! Great planning and well done!

-- Clarence

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rivergirl

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 08:59 PM

I have never seen a toolbox like this before. This is interesting. Why is this called a Japanese tool box I wonder? It looks like a Dynamite box to me?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 09:18 PM

I like it; they look like they would stack well too. It would be a great way to organize the shop.

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 10-17-2010 09:29 PM

Rivergirl- it’s called a Japanese style tool box because the design of the box and its closing lid is a traditional japanese tool box design! I lifted this reference from this site which shows how to make one in pictures :
See “Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit, and Use” by Toshio Odate, Linden Publishing 1998. Page 10-11 talks about the design of a typical Japanese toolbox.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 10-17-2010 09:36 PM

Thanks very much daltx for the link- I learned some more new stuff today!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Woodstock

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#7 posted 10-17-2010 09:49 PM

Nice Toolbox & thanks for the link. Daiku Dojo is a really interesting site & has lots of ideas for projects.

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#8 posted 10-18-2010 02:31 PM

Wauuuu, what a beauty you made.
The Japanese have a sence for the detail, and simplicity we can learn a lot from,
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 10-18-2010 05:12 PM

Very well done. I’m going to make one.

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#10 posted 10-19-2010 07:25 PM

Very cool, I have never seen a toolbox like this. I like it.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#11 posted 11-04-2010 10:54 AM

Nice work, don’t know how I missd it a couple weeks ago.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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