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 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 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 ...
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 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...
Just found this great resource for traditional Japanese joinery. Lots of good pictures and some nice projects he’s done there too. Found it via this page after a google for tome tsugi. Enjoy! Here is a VRML viewer for the animations
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 ...
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 ...
So as I have mentioned in previous blogs, I have been studying and collecting Japanese hand tools. And my favorite book which has inspired the collection is JAPANESE WOODWORKING TOOLS by Toshio Odate. In this book there is a section on saws (Nokogiri) where Odate proudly displays a favorite in his collection: This saw was a rip saw used to mill large stock. The wide blade was designed to keep the cut straight in very thick lumber. It was used by the mighty kobiki-shokunin (s...
I came across this eBay listing today. Its a book Traditional Japanese Carpentry Ornate Miter Dovetails. I wish it weren’t $100 because it looks amazing. I would love to own it (hint hint, Santa). Anyway, here is a sample from the eBay posting I thought you might like to see it: It just goes to show what a big world it is out there. There are so many different cultures, philosophies, methods, etc. out there that westerners don’t usually come in contac...
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