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Blog series by icemanhank updated 12-05-2017 01:01 AM 11 parts 9496 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Sizing and Marking Out

04-02-2016 04:39 AM by icemanhank | 0 comments »

Hi all I have purchased some beautiful Red Cedar and am going to try my hand at some larger joinery work. It is really lovely timber and was a very good price as the timber yard sadly is closing. This was a bundelled mixture of boards and pieces; The main piece for the top of the unit The larger boards I have cut in half and put through the thicknesser to get some lovely bookmatched boards to work with; I have sized four pieces for the legs and marked out the sha...

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Part 2: Cutting the mortices in the slab

04-16-2016 11:25 PM by icemanhank | 0 comments »

I first drilled through the slab with a forstner bit to take away a lot of the material, this was not easy as the slab is very heavy and trying to keep it steady on the drill press was a challenge, in the end I had to make a set of legs the right size to stand the free end on. Also the bit was clogging up very quickly. I then made a jig the size of the mortice and routered the square holes as deep as I could using a bit with the bearing on the top. The slab is about 80mm thick so the bit w...

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Part 3: Slow but steady progress

08-13-2016 07:03 AM by icemanhank | 0 comments »

It’s taking me a while but I have finished shaping the four legs for the cabinet/stand I am working on. I have also cut the mortice and tenon joints for the top of the legs and the rails.Next is cutting and fitting the cross rails which will be double mortice and tenon. I have also made 3 ply corners for the top of the legs which are to be scroll sawn with a beautiful Cherry Blossom design by David Stanley. Hopefully this will all give it a Japanese look and feel.

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Part 4: Update

10-29-2016 05:28 AM by icemanhank | 2 comments »

Hi folks, It’s been a while but here are some pics of the work I have been doing on the unit. I am trying to do as much as possible by hand and while it is taking a long time I am learning heaps along the way. I hope you like the pics. Checking the fit of the legs Double mortice and tenon waiting for splines to be fitted Joint with ebony splines fitted Checking fit Making sure I have measured the top correctly – phew I have

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Part 5: Butterflies

12-03-2016 08:26 AM by icemanhank | 2 comments »

I thought I should put a couple of butterflys in the cracks underneath the top. This is my first try at this and I am pretty pleased with the way they turned out.

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Part 6: Decorative corners

12-05-2016 04:17 AM by icemanhank | 1 comment »

Again I am a virgin with the scroll saw but made some 3 ply from my stash of cedar and had a go at a lovely design drawn freehand by David Stanley; a very talented member of the Hawkesbury Woodcraft Co-op.

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Part 7: Update cutting shelves

12-24-2016 01:56 AM by icemanhank | 2 comments »

Hi everybody and a very happy Christmas to you. Here are some pics of todays work.

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Part 8: A few more pics

07-22-2017 11:22 AM by icemanhank | 1 comment »

Fitting the blossom corner pieces Pinning the legs to the horizontal shelf supports with ebony pins Fitting the floating shelf supports Fitting the cross member double open mortice and tenon joints with ebony wedges The frame starting to come together Fitting the leg mortices The floating shelf being fitted Starting to come together Next job is to make traditional shoji screens for each end of the unit. A lot done but...

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Part 9: Shoji screens coming together finally haha

08-27-2017 09:41 PM by icemanhank | 1 comment »

I still have a bit of work to do on them but I can see the end of the road. I have used all traditional methods to do the joints etc on these and have learnt a hell of a lot about accurate marking and cutting, a long and quite difficult but very enjoyable task!

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Part 10: Together at last

11-18-2017 05:30 AM by icemanhank | 2 comments »

Just a few finishing touches and wedges to put in for the woodwork to be finished, then the paper into the Shoji screens and another coat of finish. It has taken about 18 months to do but I am really happy with the way it came together, just as I imagined really.

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