|Project by Orion Woods||posted 12-27-2010 01:52 AM||5065 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
Sitting back and enjoying the different projects here on LJ inspired new projects for me that I had never even thought of before. Needing storage like every other workshop out there drove me to try my hand at the japanese tool box I had seen others do. I really liked the style and simplicity of them. My first attempt did not go so well (although not TOO bad and still useful) and was definitely a learning process, thankfully I learned enough to make this example for my dad for christmas.
It measures 11” wide 22” long and 6” tall and is made of poplar from the local big blue box store. Instead of the simple butt joints that are traditional with these boxes I used finger joints as I wasn’t ready for mortise and tenon just yet. All the top pieces are pinned and glued with oak dowels. I edge glued the bottom panel and top panel aand bottom panel rides in a dado in sides. Finish was just a couple of coats of tung oil with a steel wool rub down between coats. The Poplar has some great colors in it that really popped out with the oil and i wwould have hated to take away from that with a colored stain. As it was it was red black green and light yellow.
overall this was a great project that I enjoyed doing and can’t wait to make another for myself! Hope you enjoy my first post and comments are certainly welcome!