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Japanese Tool Box #7: Filling In Some Cracks - Oops!

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Blog entry by ruddhess posted 04-17-2015 02:17 AM 908 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First off, I should have used epoxy. Secondly, my experiment with coloring yellow glue went awry. Well, somewhat anyway. I found a way to make a nice dark brown color (could be used successfully on some dark walnut). I just got into the cupboard and found some cheap food coloring like they sell to color easter eggs. I added a bunch of red first, and that came out sort of magenta looking, so I added a little bit of each of the other colors: yellow, green, blue. Mixed it with regular Elmer’s yellow wood glue in a small bottle:

Here is what it looks like when it goes on the wood:

It looks a little bit like cow poop green!

But it dries to a nice dark brown. Like a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar:

Not the color I should have used against the very light almost white pine background.

Also, I had most of it just pour out the cracks. I’m not sure if epoxy would have done that since it is a little bit thicker even when just mixed up. The 5 minute stuff probably wouldn’t get away like the wood glue did.

Nope. Not the result I was hoping for at all. Only one side done though. Best at this point to just leave well enough alone for now. I think I’ll make another box, this one was so much fun. And I learned a lot about how I want to build the next one. Better wood for one thing (thinking about using that expensive ” Kiln-Dried Radiata Pine”).

-- Rodney, Arkansas



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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 06:39 AM

Interesting effect with the glue. Looks like you are learning a lot goint through this build.
Looking forward to see it finished!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 11:23 AM

Thanks for your comments kaerlighedsbamsen! :)
It is almost finished. I think I’ll try some other kind of filler for the cracks in the mortise/tenons on the opposite side. Then I’ll probably replace the screws on the lid with some oak dowels, maybe even replace the really soft wood dowels elsewhere too. I have really enjoyed making this thing. Lot’s of fun even with all the mistakes I’ve made. Good learning experience. This is the first box I have made, but I plan to make another one as well. Never can have too many wooden boxes to put stuff in. :)

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#3 posted 04-17-2015 05:11 PM

Have been looking at all the nice japanece toolboxes here and think of making one as a sort of test: If you can make something look perfect out of just cheap pine and nails the skills must be on its way in the right direction..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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ruddhess

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#4 posted 04-18-2015 12:34 AM

Hej kaerlighedsbamsen,

Cool! I was impressed with the design of these boxes – particularly the lid. When I saw the one with the square mortise & tenons – then I knew I wanted to build one similar. I admire the Japanese way. The philosophy of zen influences their work. Good luck with your build. I hope you derive much enjoyment and insight building it. Please show us your progress as you go along. I will be interested in seeing your work.

Hej da bröder,

-- Rodney, Arkansas

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#5 posted 04-18-2015 10:58 AM

Thanks, Rodney.
Ill let you know when Im ready to go Japaese!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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