Build your own Japanese style tool box

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Build your own Japanese style tool box

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The first box of this kind I came across was used as storage for a circular saw. The box itself was made of panels, as if you had gutted a hobby room, of pine waste and roofing felt nails. Although it didn’t look very good, it was stable and I was fascinated by the way the removable lid was inserted.

A few months later, I learned that this box was exactly the same as a common pattern of tool boxes used by Japanese carpenters. Then I knew: I had to build such a box myself. And with a couple of boards just on hand – an inch thick and a foot wide – I got it done.

For the past 15 years, my tools in this box have traveled to pretty much every major construction project. The only problem: Because I built the box to the dimensions of my trunk (instead of matching the tools), it’s actually too big for what I need on most projects. So I felt it was time to build a new, smaller box instead of stuffing the small project tools into my old shoulder bag.

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