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...
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...
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...
Japanese toolbox大工の道具箱 Here we are part three of the build.Last blog we made the drawer lock parts and other stuff, now it’s time for drawer parts and the nailing of the box. This was where we left last, right there on the floor. Drawer parts ready, front with wood lock made. And here is the drawing I made for the drawer, following traditional Japanese cabinetmaker ways. The drawer back gets its rabbet.And I get to test my Veritas mini shoulder plane (it works fantast...
Japanese toolbox大工の道具箱 Here we are part two of the build.Last blog we made the basic box parts, now it’s time for handles, drawer and another little challenge. This was where we left last blog, the basic box. Ok a piece of wood same as the box for the handles. And some spacers also.(This time cutting on a German saw). Gluing spacers to the back of the handles. Clamps, clamps and clamps…Gluing the batterns to the lid and spacers to the handles. Top and end ...
Japanese toolbox大工の道具箱 As I wrote in the first part – I have been looking forward to make this blog, so here we go. My conclusion was:Low price light weight wood: pine.Thin planed boards for low weight.No hardware.Size that I can easy carry.Proportions slim for elegancy.A drawer for small things, and for giving myself a challenge of traditional Japanese drawer making.Finally I choose to buy a bag of bamboo nails, this to try the traditional way, for beauty and again for giving mys...
Japanese toolbox大工の道具箱 I have been looking forward for a while to make this blog, this because the result is one of my favorite woodworking projects, it was like a sum of skills leaned and also a design and history challenge that I enjoyed.The result is something I am proud of and that I think will stay with me for as long as I live. At first I made this small one out of trash wood in Paris, meant for chisels. Later another as a gift for a friend http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/2501...
Japanese saw horsesfloor horses This time low saw horses, these are for Japanese woodworking, and so they are meant to keep the items in good position for sitting work and for bend, standing jobs like rip cut with a Japanese saw. Once more a roof rafter that a friend gave me nice thick wood and wide also, the same as I used for my shaving horse (thank you Jakob).First step is to mark up careful with pen and Sashigane (Japanese square).And do not forget a cold beer…. Now sin...
Japanese planing boardJapanese workbench Ok as promised I will continue the Japanese blog series.It all started by me reading Toshio Odate’s book ‘Japanese woodworking tools their tradition spirit and use’, and now since I have moved to a new location where I at least for a while will have no workshop, the story will continue since I plan on using Japanese tools and methods in the meantime. Get started MaFe. So to work with my Japanese tools, I needed Japanese ‘set ...
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