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#1 posted 10-12-2007 08:09 PM

Wow. That’s the cleanest workshop I’ve seen!

Nice collection of tools. Definitely an oriental theme to the tool-set!

-- Dekker -

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#2 posted 10-12-2007 08:28 PM

Hi Jojo

Yeap, that’s what the give you in Japan and “with that you must win the war”

I have the planer, chisels and the brash for “nisu” (poly) but they see very little use…I’m very bad with hand tools….as I’m saying…”if the tool is not connected to a cord or battery…it’s not a tool for me” :-)...but I admire you that you can…


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#3 posted 10-12-2007 08:28 PM

what is the “x” tool?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 10-12-2007 10:02 PM

KEWL! Roy Underhill would be very proud of you. We are too!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 10-12-2007 10:07 PM

Hi MsDebbie, I think if I can guess what you are talking about, the X tool
is a wooden square and possibly a marking tool too.

I think I have that right but Jojo can certainly confirm.

Nice tools Jojo! Thanks for cyber-sharing them.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#6 posted 10-13-2007 03:22 AM

It is a double marking gauge, it is not calibrated as a square but I guess it could be used if needed, never thought of that, duh! It functions as a single or double marking gauge, ideal for dadoes and grooves.

I’m off to the gym now but I promise Ms. Debbie a post on that tool later on the day. Actually I’ve already took some pictures of my japanese hand tools because I decided to start a new series about them in my blog.

Thanks to all for your comments. Dekker, no wonder why it is a clean ”workshop” and why there is a clear oriental-theme to that, did you see my signature? ;o)

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#7 posted 10-13-2007 03:25 AM

Very nice. One of these days, I will hopefully get to poke around Japan and look for some tools.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 10-13-2007 03:46 AM

You’ll be very welcome anytime Wayne but don’t worry and save the airfare for buying more tools, I think I’m going to start offering them soon. :o)

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#9 posted 10-13-2007 03:49 AM

Thanks Jojo. Will be interested to see what you will have available. I get out that direction for business on occasion.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 10-13-2007 05:52 AM

I’ll be interested in what you have as well. It is fun to study other cultures and how they work with tools. Bring us some more. Thanks.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 10-13-2007 06:06 AM

Jojo…I love that you are shopless in Kyoto and with a limited toolset turn out such a beautiful and useful item. Elegant workshop.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#12 posted 10-16-2007 01:57 AM

Hello Jojo;
—-yes, yes, yes….I know I’m late getting here, but better late then no-show at all!

....and no-mallet, so you really are curling those wood curls with a push….and then pulling with the plane. And I thought I would get a glimpse of a ‘maebiki-oga’ or even a ‘maebikinoko’....oh well….LOL

I just love your shop and the simple tools that you use are really not so simple, but show a study of how to work with wood that is of great standards. Truly a simple stool and yet a hand tooling accomplishment that highlights your knowledge of eastern thought pertaining to wood.

Now it’s question time; when working in your shop are you siting at floor level?....using your feet for a vise?

Than you for sharing….

-- --frank, NH,

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#13 posted 10-16-2007 12:10 PM

Right on the money Frank!

I do have two ten-toed vises that work quite well in combination with a small non-slip mat over a scrap plank. As I am lucky enough to have a wonderfully understanding wife who allows me to work on the living room I do have to take some special mesures to keep the peace in the house. First I protect the ”tatami” with some cardboard, then I put a scrap of wood or a plank in case I have to saw anything. Sometimes I work squatting, other times I sit on a ”zabuton”, a thin, hard, square pillow, but, since I have completed the stool, I’ve found it to be nicely useful in preventing lower-back aches in my aging body.

Regarding he mallet… I should get one but I can’t help but keep telling myself that “I can do that” :o) meanwhile, I do my best by hand.

No ”maebiki” for this small project but I recently did take some pictures of my tools and I will start a series on them in my blog as soon as I find time to get them to Photoshop and resize them properly.

It never ceases to amaze me how savvy you are in this field, I admire your passion Frank.

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#14 posted 10-17-2007 07:04 PM

Hey buddy, nice bench…and I envy the “no shop” attitude. There are times now I think I wish I’d just spent my small fortune on a small pile of fine planes and saws easily packed into a knapsack and toted with me alone…no horse, no car, no dog, no woman, no kids,...just me, the tools, wood and a brain full of tsugiready to be useful. But that’s un-American. We have to work day and night to save money to buy labor saving devices. Or use the credit cards to the max to buy those same labor saving devices thus causing shame when we can only pay the minimum payment. While you’re building beautiful benches, I’m tearing apart old, useless upright pianos…recycling the wood, screws, hinges, etc… for future projects and talking with people hundreds of miles away about their walnut, pear, ash, elm, and cedar in the hopes of making my trip east for a small harvest with jeep and trailer. You’d already be cutting that wood and building temples.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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