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Blog series by BTimmons updated 08-07-2012 08:47 PM 4 parts 14666 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Rough shaping - Mortises, tenons, bandsaw profiles

08-03-2012 06:13 PM by BTimmons | 5 comments »

A katanakake is an elegant way to display Japanese swords. Like much of the aesthetic that descends from feudal-era Japan, it can be purely functional or highly decorative, but form always follows function. The Edo period of Japan saw the creation of countless beautiful artworks in every possible medium, be it woodworking, architecture, sword making, painting, etc. So how did I stumble upon this specialized niche, anyway? A few years ago I started practicing Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido...

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Part 2: More bandsaw shaping, some drilling, and lots of sanding

08-04-2012 10:56 PM by BTimmons | 0 comments »

In case you missed it, here is Part 1 in this series. First thing I did was employ my new-to-me drill press to establish an inner curve for the vaulted feet. Placing the center brad of a Forstner bit ensures that an even radius is cut into both sides, which were held together with blue tape. Not an ideal clamping solution, but it’s adequate for this. Always use a backer board to avoid blowout! I had a bit of tearout around the mortise here, but the rack will obscure the flaw af...

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Part 3: Tweaking the fit, first coat of oil finish

08-05-2012 09:27 PM by BTimmons | 1 comment »

Last time I didn’t have all four bottom surfaces sitting flat. Turns out this was due to the center piece being fitted with a slight twist because one mortise had been carved out with a slight twist. So, by the time the mortise was straightened out somewhat with a chisel, the tenons didn’t quite fit as snug as they should. So on both tenons of the center piece, I glued some thin mahogany strips to shim up the tenons to tighten the fit. These will likely end up being pared or f...

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Part 4: Fixing stupid mistakes, but it's finally taking shape.

08-07-2012 08:47 PM by BTimmons | 2 comments »

The shims I glued to my tenons are ready to be pared back. Seems like the mortises were just a little less than square with each other, which caused the twist when connecting the two of them with the center piece. So this session involved a lot of me hunching over the bench paring away paper thin shavings. Testing my fit. The top of the tenon cheek is good, but the rest of it is still a little too fat. Shaving just a bit off, and then it fits nice and snug. I also dete...

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