A friend recently sent this amazing video to me, which blew my mind. This Japanese hand tool woodworker, Noboru Honma, uses traditional woodworking hand tools to create paper-thin end grain shavings with decorative parquet shapes. I hope you enjoy! CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO JOSHUA’S FUTURE ARTICLES & VIDEOS!
I double checked the layout this morning, fixed them. then decided to tweek the size of the dovetails to be more safe and reduce the risk of splitting. Then I set about mortising. One of my biggest limitations in woodworking in an apartment is not being an obnoxious neighbor and banging on a chisel all day with folks trying to enjoy their weekend below you. So I went ahead and used my brace and bit to remove some of the waste, but at the end of the day you gotta bang on those chisels. I ended...
This project has been a long time coming. Since I got the woodworking bug over a year ago, one of the projects I’ve been thinking about has been a traditional Japanese style toolbox for my growing set of tools. I got the wood for the project from a professional woodworker selling his off-cuts almost a year ago in anticipation of this project. But time, and the growing sense of “don’t mess it up” led to constant excuses for not starting. Since my last woodworking class ...
Restoring a maebiki oga led me to delve into the history of this iconic saw. The maebiki oga (前挽き大鋸, literally ‘large’ saw, dubbed whaleback saw in english) holds an important place in Japan’s history. The oga saw was invented in Japan around 1590, and was in use for 400 years until Japan’s industrial revolution in the Meiji period, when it was superseded by mechanized sawmills. Predecessor saws were first imported from China around 1400 as steel became available. ...
After I got bit by the woodworking bug a few months ago I’ve been scrambling to figure out how to start making stuff given that I live in a 3rd floor one bedroom apartment with my fiance in San Francisco (and having no hand skills whatsoever). I hope this entry helps inspire others in a similar situation that it can be done, but please don’t look at this blog or my projects for any tips on technique. I’m sure I’ve made every mistake in the book—but all while havi...
Hello LJs, I just had a great visit to a little woodworking museum in Kobe that I thought was worth sharing. It’s got to be, pound-for-pound, one of the best museums I’ve been to. Sure, it’s the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum and I love woodworking, so I’m biased… but even my wife agrees that it was quite a nice experience. Here are a few photos with some comments: The entrance: typical Japanese signage… very pleasing to look at A little video ...
As one of my beginning projects at the boat school I built my self this Norse style tool box. While very beautiful, it just doesn’t function well for me, as everything gets piled up and I have to dig around to find stuff.So I built my self this Japanese style tool box inspired by Mafe here on LJ. Is it as beautiful as his? No. Its made out of scraps laying around the shop, and I built it a bit rough because I know I will use the heck out of it at boat yards and work shops. I like it. I ...
Well, the bed head pieces are all cut and fit. I did a dry run of the assembly. I’ll need to tweak it a little with a plane but the fit is pretty good. The frame and center iris panel are walnut. the larger panels are jatoba, and the end panels are hard maple. Why is the center one walnut? Because of these woods it was the only one that I found was considered a carving wood on the internet. The three inner panels are actually the width of the bed. The two maple ends will protrude fro...
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...
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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