Japanese saw 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 since I don’t have any saw horses I use my power tools (perhaps also I was lazy or tired but do not tell that to the rest of LJ…).
(Some can see I also work on a different Japanese project at that time, but we will get back to that – others notice something for smoking).
Then I clean up the beams, since they need to get the final size.
Before and after Japanese plane.
Some ornamentation is tradition on the feet.
Now drill a hole all the way through.
Some more drawing and adding the size of the beams now.
Two cuts with a Japanese saw and some clean up – do not ask why I used English chisels and not Japanese…
Mark carefully what leg belongs where for perfect fit.
Do you get the idea?
Then drill from the bottom down through the beams, app half way or so.
(The detail will come later).
Ok I was lazy…
And cleaned up again.
To make the feet stand good on the floor without rocking we need some shape to give them more points to stand on.
This I did by clamping them together and drill two round holes, half to each side.
(Notice the beautiful Japanese clamps).
Shaping the shoulders.
Of course it could have been done by hand.
More clean up, this time planing the faces of the feet.
(Sounds kind of stupid… faces of feet… feet’s have toes, not faces!).
Making some dowels for the feet.
This will make the feet and beams connect really strong.
Glue them in.
I rounded then a little so they are easier to stick into the beam after.
I also drilled a hole and added a bamboo stick through to secure the dowel.
And cut it of flush.
Finally some visual permanent marks to pare the feet and beams.
Here we are Japanese saw horses.
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.
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
Jims version of the horses: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68231 with stops.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.