Japanese gift box

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Project by jjw5858 posted 05-09-2013 08:58 PM 2089 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank you for taking a look at this recent project of mine. This is my version of a Japanese gift box. It measures just about 4” wide by 9” long by 2” high.

Made from scrap Pine using only traditional hand tools.

I wanted to keep this piece looking natural so I only used BLO to pop the grain a bit and some Pine shavings for inside decoration.

The joinery is a combination of Brad nails, wooden nails and glue. It is a really fun box to make and I thank Mads for bringing this fun idea to my attention about a year back.

Thanks so much for taking a look and of course if you are new to viewing my work please visit me at my website:

Be well friends!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 05-09-2013 09:03 PM

Very nice Joe!

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#2 posted 05-09-2013 09:21 PM

Nice gift box… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 05-09-2013 11:23 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 05-09-2013 11:37 PM

Joe, very nice! Thanks for sharing / posting!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#5 posted 05-10-2013 01:56 AM


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#6 posted 05-10-2013 10:04 AM

Nice job. Keeping it traditional is nice.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 05-10-2013 12:47 PM

These boxes are a treat. They are simple effective and beautiful. What are you putting in it?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 05-10-2013 04:06 PM

Nice box Joe they are fun to do and look great


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 05-10-2013 10:12 PM

the beauty of a simple design…

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#10 posted 05-13-2013 02:47 AM

Hey thats not a spoon! :-) Great box man.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 05-14-2013 01:49 AM

Great box, good work. The pine shaving inside are a nice touch.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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#12 posted 09-28-2013 08:59 AM

Missed this one, what a beautiful box.
I do love these Japanese boxes.
Best thoughts,

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

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