Category Archives: Japanese Toolbox

Japanese Toolbox-Progress 5-Complete

I did a little less than scientific weight trials on the completed toolbox.  I used a bathroom scale and weighed myself.  Using that base weight I was able to obtain a fairly close approximation of the empty and packed toolbox. … Continue reading

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Japanese Toolbox-Progress 4

Fabricating the parts for the sliding lid was just more of the same that I’ve already done in the build so far.  Starting with the lid panel itself.  The first step was to measure the exact distance between the end caps. … Continue reading

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Japanese Toolbox-Progress 3

The next steps in the toolbox build was to prep the bottom board and assemble the basic box.  The bottom board starts as at 3/4″ thick and needs to be thicknessed down to 1/2″.  If you’ve not tackled this operation because you … Continue reading

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Japanese Toolbox-Progress 2

There are two home centers in my local area, Lowes and Home Depot.  So I decided to look at both locations for the best deal regarding price and quality of material. My first stop was Lowes.  They sell the infamous … Continue reading

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Japanese Toolbox-Progress 1A

Almost all of the drawings that I post here on my blog are based upon proportions.  I like using proportions because it makes scaling a project far easier.  I did the same with the Japanese Toolbox project.  I approached this … Continue reading

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Japanese Toolbox-Progress 1

Toshio Odate outlined the construction of a simple toolbox in his book, “Japanese Woodworking Tools:Their Tradition, Spirit and Use“.  It’s a simple affair nailed together with built-in handles at each end and an ingenious sliding lid.  An elegant and inexpensive solution … Continue reading

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Sometimes its Just a Box

My next project will be a “Japanese” toolbox.  I know, I know Chris Schwarz is building one too.  I feel like a Johnny-come-lately or a bandwagon jumper with this, but I assure you that I am not.  I have been … Continue reading

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