Japanese cutting gauge
So we are back on the Japanese road.
I decided that on the day of New Year’s Eve I needed to make and finish a little wood project that would make me smile.
Here first a drawing I made the night before and then made it after.
This blog starts here.
A wonderful piece of wood from our LJ friend Jusfine Randy.
And not just a piece of wood but also a little message on it for me.
Here you can read about the gift story.
Thank you Randy, and a happy new year to you and the family.
Up on the workbench where wood is supposed to be!
Marking up the basic layout.
I want a cutting gauge, wedge locking and using standard Stanley knife blades.
I predrill a series of holes with a kiri (I will tell more about this in another blog).
A quite effective Japanese hand drill.
So time for playing with Japanese tools.
Basically just shy of the final size, removing wood as fast as possible, while enjoying the time.
I prefer to take half from each side and hope by careful marking to reach dead on.
And finally like so.
Time to separate the tool from the wood.
I like to use a back saw for the initial cut (this time more than plenty).
Then time for a rip saw – the rough side of the blade.
And the final cross cut.
Then I make a few cuts to define the basic shape.
This is close enough before the chisel.
Marking up for the blade arm.
making a good deep marking on both sides so the saw have a guide.
And rip away.
Time to unwrap a plane.
And make some shaves.
And chamfer the edges.
To make the body nice to hold and beautiful to look at I round the top.
Here we have the basics ready.
Time to make a wedge.
A series of cuts always make it easier to use the chisel without tear out.
Shaping with the chisel.
And cutting of the wedge.
Thickness is adjusted shave by shave.
Until there is a good fit.
Each end of the wedge has a surface for the push locking.
Again I play with my kiri, love this tool.
Brake of some Stanley blades.
Sawing a slice for the blade with a coping saw (perhaps not so Japanese…).
Here it is!
The blade exposed.
The final touch is my logo burned into the end of the cutting gauge.
Time to test.
Some deep cuts into e piece of wood.
The Japanese break the wood with a hammer once the cutting is done on both sides.
Yes! It Works justfine!
Then just cleaning the split and all is fine.
Finally a picture of the new cutting gauge, another homemade tool for my tool box.
Hope this can bring some inspiration to others that play with Japanese tools and work methods, who knows maybe a new year’s wish.
Best thoughts and a happy new year,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.