Box number two almost assembled...
Box number one with saw in place in the lid.
My car had some problems last week so rather than work on Christmas gifts I had to be Subaru repairman. Now I'm scrambling to finish these Japanese style toolchests for my boys. I'm learning woodworking with hand tools and this style box is a great place to start. I took the week off so I've got a little cushion time wise but I'm fairly confident I'll have both boxes done in time for Santa to trip over them. If anyone is interested, these are 23 X 7 X 10 1/2. I chose the dims based on the small saw, and keeping the weight to a minimum.
The board on the end has a relief on the inside that helps this become a handle. The five and eight year old should be able to carry them well enough. The lid is pretty ingenious; it slides in and then over to lock itself in place. Not fancy but practical. Fun project and I love making stuff for people. Gotta go!