Japanese planing board
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 up’, a bench… hmmmm… they did not use workbenches… ok what then? A beam, some horses and a planing board!
Before I start I have to admit this blog is not as detailed as usual, I simply enjoyed my time so much that I forgot to take photos, but I will try to tell what has happened and how it was made so it will be possible to build one if wanted (please forgive me).
So this is where it started, as often before a drawing – this time with a little watercolor also.
I had 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), so I decided to keep the shape of the rafter as a memory and thought it will give a little ‘edge’ to the design.
We step right in where I check the board’s flatness with a set of winding sticks, after I have cut the rafter to length, made two legs that are mounted with sliding dovetails.
The legs keep the board of the ground and it adds stability to the board.
(If you have a really thick board / beam you do not need the legs).
Then I marked the high spots, and started a work out with a scrub plane (Scandinavian model).
Since the board was not straight at all it really needed some work, but it was good exorcise for me.
The longest plane I have is a no.8 Stanley, so it was put to service for the next phase of making the board dead flat and straight and once it took shaves at every spot it was time to move on.
Now finally for Japanese plane to smooth up the surface.
I ran it skewed to the wood and made the shaves thinner and thinner as I went.
Here the three planes and their shaves.
Scandinavian, American, Japanese union.
Next I wanted a 90 degree angel in the one end to make a shooting board function in this narrow end.
More of this later.
And marked up with my line.
(This time I was trying some new black color powder that was used in the old days by boat builders but showed up to be a disaster… it stuck to everything and I even needed to sand down my table after… learning by doing).
At the wide end of the board I just wanted a planing stop that also should be mounted in a sliding dovetail so it can be easily removed and changed.
Here is the idea, a stop and a bar mounted on the side of the board to make a shooting board function.
Perhaps foolish to mix but I want to try…
This is the idea.
(And the fast viewer will see something is wrong…).
From this point I forgot to take photos again, but to make the sliding dovetails you can either just cut them with your Japanese saw, plane them out, use a router or like I did a table saw and a plunge cut saw on rails.
So here we are, the first shaves made on the board.
Yes I took it to the garden.
To smell nature and wood mix.
And used now my Sumitsubo for marking lines with ink and no more ancient powder…
From another view (snail cam).
And here MaFe making shaves with the Japanese sun behind.
Long beautiful shaves.
The stop works excellent.
The shooting board function is fine too – but…
I made it for push action and not for pull like the Japanese planes am used…
Tough luck MaFe.
But it works fine, and for the little I use it I’m sure it will do for now.
This is it.
I think it is a simple yet effective and beautiful workbench and I’m sure it will serve me well.
Need I say more?
In fact I found it so beautiful that it moved into my living room.
Hope this blog can bring some inspiration to others that play with Japanese tools and work methods.
I want to send a special warm thought to Toshio Odate, thank you for inspire ring me with your book, but most of all my sister who offered me my Japanese chisels and a Kanna that was the reason why this interest started.
Here videos to inspire, in this you will see an old Japanese carpenter using traditional methods and tools and the board in use.
Japanese using a planing board: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crL_8wvIhWo&feature=related
Tools from Japan: http://www.toolsfromjapan.com/store/index.php?main_page=page&id=9&chapter=5
Popular science 1967: http://books.google.com/books?id=CSEDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA138&lpg=PA138&dq=holding+a+japanese+kanna&source=bl&ots=RmhOU8AEM3&sig=lwDdDHI-nKp3JZVTI438ToM8cFI&hl=da&ei=q-0xTsnZIoKh-QblkJiXDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CGwQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=holding%20a%20japanese%20kanna&f=false
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.