Japanese Toolchest Projects

Back in September, I wanted to make a traditional Japanese toolchest as a gift for a friend. After some web searching, I found these toolchest plans by master woodworker Toshihiro Odate. I made a couple of changes to them before starting, and made a couple more changes during construction, but the chest came out pretty good.

Regular Japanese Toolchest

That's all wood construction. Pine boards for the most part, with wooden dowel fasteners. It's about 30" long, 10" high, and 14" wide. It's kinda big and heavy, being made of 1x10 and 1x12 lumber.

That came out so nice, I decided to make a smaller one for myself. Instead of big lumber, I bought some 1x8 cypress boards, and cut the length down from 30" to 18". That one came out so nice that Sharon wanted one, so I bought some cedar 1x8 and made one for her. The lighter wood and smaller size make these chests a lot more manageable.

Two Small Japanese Toolchests

I took details photos of the construction process, including the easy way to do dowel construction, so maybe someday I'll get around to making a real project page for this.

2010.04.05 at 8:00am EDT