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ajw1978

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07-11-2014 01:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: projects plans japanese tool box beginner

Hello, Lumberjocks. First time poster, long time reader, etc. etc…

As my profile states, only took about 30 years but I finally inherited the family gift (obsession) with woodworking and have started to build up a bit of a tool collection, despite not having an actual shop, basement or garage. That said, to thank my father for putting up with the majority of my idiotic questions and spending the better part of a month examining every miter saw on the market, I wanted to get him a little belated Father’s Day gift—a custom brand for his own creations—and I was hoping to build a box for it. Now, I could do the basics but again, following in the family tradition: if it’s not over done, it’s not worth doing.

Saw a few projects here about small, Japanese Tool Box-inspired boxes—all are beautiful and simple … but wondering if anyone has links to plans?

Again, I wholeheartedly apologize if I’ve broken protocol here or posted in the wrong spot. Looking forward to sharing my experiences, projects and especially my “mistakes” (how else do we learn?)

Thanks.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.


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Lifesaver2000

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 10:45 PM

I hate to see this post go unanswered since it is your first post here. I can’t be much help though. I will say that most (as in nearly all) of the project posts I have looked at here are not from any specific, available plans. Most people here seem to either create their own design, or just design on the fly.

I started out about five years ago using Sketchup to create plans, but anymore I just design as I go.

If there is a specific project you like, it wouldn’t hurt to ask in the project comments about plans, or to PM the contributor.

Good Luck.

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ajw1978

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#2 posted 07-13-2014 12:23 AM

That makes a ridiculous amount of sense … still figuring out how to navigate the site so that’s my next move.

Thanks … think I got an idea of what/how I’m going to do.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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MrFid

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 12:54 AM

Hi there and welcome!! Thanks for posting your question. I am not an expert on boxes, but there are lots of good resources on this site. First, one that I have favorited is Andy’s blog on Art boxes (here). I haven’t worked up the courage to try one like this, but they look great and the blog series he posted is gold. Not sure if that’s the style you’re after.
I might also recommend a book by Doug Stowe. Search Amazon for “Stowe box making” or click here and take your pick. I enjoyed his “Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making” and “Basic Box Making” from my local library. Both these books have plans that can be size adapted I believe. Best of luck and be sure to post your project when you get done!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 05:58 AM

Mads (MaFe) and Ryan (RGtools) each made Japanese boxes, check their projects. Good luck, and welcome!

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

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#5 posted 07-14-2014 07:03 PM

I second getting any of Doug Stowe’s books. They’re great books and his DVD is worth watching if you want to know more about box making.

-- David

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endgrainy

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 12:12 AM

I don’t know if this is what you’re looking for, but it’s a well detailed plan and relatively straightforward:

http://www.startwoodworking.com/sites/startwoodworking.com/files/sushi-box-plan.pdf

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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ajw1978

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 12:46 AM

Thanks so much, endgrainy. That’s perfect. I’m going to skip the shaping and curving but that’s perfect.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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endgrainy

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 01:34 AM

Cool! Gary Rogowski is pretty prolific. Let us know how it goes.

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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