One of my favorite things to make is a Japanese toolbox. There is a simplicity to the design that I find appealing, and there is a clever locking mechanism for the lid that is remarkably satisfying to use.
I’ve been working on further adjustments and refinements to the design of some of my earlier Japanese boxes. The first one I built was a large tool chest, which I still use. Then, earlier this year, I built a pair of pine Japanese boxes for storing shop supplies. The box pictured below was made on a whim, out of some scraps, but I took pains to handle the material in a thoughtful way. I think it turned out fairly well.
Poplar, hide glue, wrought nails. The bottom is series of shiplapped boards, which sit in a groove in the lower edge of the box. Interior finished with beeswax, exterior finished with danish oil.