Sushi boxes

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Project by hickeymad posted 01-11-2014 06:22 AM 1006 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our first project for the mastery program at NW Woodworking Studio was a small sushi box. Of course, I had to make twenty. I wanted to get some practice in my shop building quickly and efficiently but still building unique pieces. That and I had a LOT of scraps from my recent triple-couch extravaganza. Some of the boxes have two compartments, some have dividers for jewelry. Most of them were done mainly with machines, but a few were done entirely by hand…you know, for bragging rights. I really need to get myself a better photography set-up. At least some reflectors and a backdrop…

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 06:36 AM

These are beautiful! Brag away, my friend. By the way, is this an eastern design or does it include eastern elements? It gives off a certain vibe…

-- Here to learn

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 03:42 PM

Very nice, great joints, clean lines and beautiful. Yea brag on.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 04:16 PM

These are some of the nicest solid wood boxes I’ve seen in a good while. Design, shapes, and execution are all exemplary. My compliments. No apologies necessary at all for using machines. The completed box does not know the difference. And, unless you are particularly unskilled with the hand tools, no one else knows or cares either.

I like these a lot. My compliments.


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 04:30 PM

They are Gary Rogowski’s design, made my own. He calls his a “sushi-box” and it’s purpose was to carry fish.

I’ve been a long-time admirer of your work. Your praise warms me heart! Someday I’m going to get my veneer press together and try my hand at your style of box.

Thanks everyone for the kind words. These were a lot of fun!

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 04:45 PM

Nice work! Lots of practice. Good teacher (Gary) and I really like the joinery. As the Japanese would say “Taihen steki desu!”

Mata Ney!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 01-11-2014 04:46 PM

Very intriguing geometry. Well done!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 06:20 AM

very elegant!

Well done.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 01:51 PM

Nice design and it looks good in any of the woods you chose .
Great work my friend ,nice variations of the look a sure pleaser to the eye .

-- Kiefer 松

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#9 posted 01-15-2014 04:20 PM

Awesome and unique boxes! Like the style and wood colors, very attractive. Excellent job!

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#10 posted 01-16-2014 04:24 PM

Whatever tools it takes to do beautiful work IMHO. Great job! These are labeled as sushi boxes, but I’m struggling to see their intended use for sushi. You mention some are for jewelry, but I’d be interested to see what their namesake use is. I’ve seen the raised sushi plates and rice bowls that hold chopsticks before, but these are new to me. Great job!

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 05:23 PM

Dinger; think bento box. The origin of the name was from a box done by Gary Rogowski and published in Fine Woodworking.

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