Japanese Tool Chest

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Project by bondogaposis posted 10-06-2012 12:38 AM 3604 views 11 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this simple Japanese tool box to set up for my traveling tools. My girlfriend has 3 houses and I’m always being called on to fix something or another at each of them. She has an atrocious set of tools, not even a Phillips screw driver could be found at one house. Currently I’m hauling things around in a plastic bucket. This is a big step up from that. This was a very easy project, simple butt joints and nails. I used cut nails. The lid has a unique locking feature that is so simple but works like a charm w/o any hardware. Built in handles on the ends are another feature that is built right in. I finished it with a simple 1/3 BLO, 1/3 spar varnish, 1/3 mineral spirits mix. The plans are available online here.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 02:03 AM

Nice going. Necessity is the mother of invention!! You are now in Mafe’s Japanese tool box club, I bet!!..........................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 02:45 AM

Nice work Bondo!

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 07:51 PM

Any inside pictures? Is it basically a box, or are there some organizational features inside?


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#4 posted 10-07-2012 12:40 AM

I put a saw till in it. Other than than it is just a box. I plan on using it a while before I decide on any features. I haven’t fully committed to what tools I’m going to keep in it at this point. I wind up doing everything from plumbing to electrical to carpentry. So I don’t want to get too customized with the interior yet. Right now it is taking the place of a bucket.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 10-07-2012 02:12 AM

Simple and practical. I like it. But…. what about the wood panels on the extensions on the table saw? Looks like a custom job. How about a separate picture. Interesting.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#6 posted 10-07-2012 02:21 PM

Very nice!! Should serve you well.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 10-07-2012 02:28 PM

rmoore, They are not wood panels, but formica w/ simulated wood grain. Just some cheap stuff I had around. I laminated it to mdf and filled the gaps in grid in the cast iron wings on my Craftsman table saw. I was always losing tools and what not through the gaps.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 02:18 PM

Very nice! I like the simplicity of it and marvel at the way the lid locks on these.But; I do wonder if we couldn’t hide 2 small wheels on one end and a retractable handle on the other for ease of transport while retaining the traditional japanese nature of it?

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