Japanese tool box

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Project by shampeon posted 01-02-2013 07:06 AM 12995 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For our 5 year anniversary, I made my wife this Japanese tool box. The 5 year is the “wood” anniversary, and my wife lived in Japan for a time, so I thought it would be a nice tribute.

The box is made from white pine and meranti. The meranti accent pieces were toned with aniline dye in shellac. The wedges in the tenons are also meranti. The rest of the box was finished in blonde shellac.

This tool box was inspired by Mafe’s typically beautiful project as well as OWWM’s daninvan’s stunning tool box. It was also my first completely hand-cut mortise/tenon work, and first project with wedged tenons.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 01:56 PM

Nice design. I like the two tones and design elements like the through tenons with dark coloured wedges. It is beautiful and looks great, but a tool box for your wedding anniversary… are you sure?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 03:46 PM

Thanks, Peter. This wasn’t the main gift, and I don’t think she’ll use it for tools. 8^) The idea was to make something nice enough to stand on its own.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 05:31 PM

It’s clean lines and crisp details make it a real stand out.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 08:28 PM

It’s really incredible how a simple project can look elegant and designed, I love it.

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 03:56 AM

Beautiful work Shampeon!

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 03:59 AM

Nice, I am digging the design, especially in the through tenon details.

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 01:11 AM

Beautiful work, what a wonderful gift.
Such fine details.
Best thoughts a typically smiling,

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

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