Traditional Japanese Joinery

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Blog entry by Damian Penney posted 06-29-2007 08:00 PM 27374 reads 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.


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-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#1 posted 06-29-2007 08:02 PM

OH GREAT! Thanks for the link, Damian!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-30-2007 12:57 AM

You have to love this: Number of hours? Cost of hand tools? please do not ask. I believe this is the common denominator of all projects that makes us question how much to charge for them. Everyone else(non-woodworkers) just see the finished project and not the wood cost, hardware, glue, etc. and most importantly: the number of hours spent researching, designing, preparing the wood, cutting, joining, and finishing.

Nice links and wild joinery. Thanks, Damian.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 06-30-2007 06:15 AM

What a great reference. I really enjoyed it.

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#4 posted 06-30-2007 06:33 AM

Wow….some of these look impossible! Truly impressive. Thanks damian.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 06-30-2007 06:48 AM

If you want a great book on the subject try “The Complete Japanese Joinery” published by Hartley and Marks.
Just shy of 400 pages and is an excellent resource. I refer to it all the time for ideas.

It also goes into wood frame construction for buildings.

You can get more information here:

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 06-30-2007 07:16 AM

I need to figure out a way to give up the day job to focus on woodwork. Gonna be tough to convince the boss. The problem I’m having is the longer I’m on LJ, the more I learn, the more I want to learn. I’m afraid I’ll become a hermit with a wireless cable modem and a wood fetish…..

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#7 posted 07-01-2007 09:02 PM

Thanks, Damian. That fellow’s shoe cupboard is beautiful. I did not realize that there are so many types of Japanese joinery!

I agree with Bob, it is hard to stay away from LJ. There is so much to learn and so many inspiring woodworkers.

-- John

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#8 posted 07-02-2007 01:07 AM

Thanks Damian! I bookmarked the link for later. Thanks for distracting me from my work for…oh, let’s say an hour…

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#9 posted 07-10-2007 03:20 PM

Thank you Damian for introducing my web page aon this great forum.
I’m glad many woodworkers are interested in Japanese joinery.
Making joinery with chisel is one of my pleasure in woodworking. :-)

-- impatient makes inpatient, work safe

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#10 posted 07-10-2007 04:02 PM



Having just recently joined this site myself, I would like to say they are a Great group of people, whom we can all learn from, regardless of skill level.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 01-01-2010 05:49 AM

thanks for the links

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 01-01-2010 06:12 AM


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 01-01-2010 06:53 AM

It’s funny to see old threads like this revived but you are all welcome :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#14 posted 02-02-2010 12:03 AM


(Hello Mr Takeshi – i love japanese carpentry, and that getabako is beautiful! i’m sorry my japanese is awkward, but i’m doing my best. thank you for the photographs!)

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#15 posted 01-15-2012 10:26 PM

In case anyone happens across this thread and wants to view the now dead link, here it is archived:*/

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