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Meditation stools #2: cradle wood, love and Japanese tools.

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« Part 1: from roofrafter from a friend, to twin seats of love. Part 2 of Meditation stools series Part 3: Sharp tools and shy tenons. »

Meditation stools
cradle wood, love and Japanese tools.


In part one the seats were made, every cut with the adze full of love and with my thoughts in the process and the heart full of this special woman.

Part two is where a piece of wood from a transport cradle becomes legs by the use of Japanese tools and the love in my heart.

I will also try to be methodical in explaining how to cut the tenons, to share my way of working.



While working on the project a sketch of the joints.
Since I found the seats curves so fine and clean, I wanted hidden joints.
But even they should be hidden, I wanted them to be beautiful.
I believe that the love and quality will be merged into the final result and that even it will not be visual, it will be in the Zen of the stools.


Here it is, originally nature, but it became trash, and will now be transformed into a meditation tool, the circle is complete.


Marking.


Sawing.


Planing.


Look at all those lovely shaves, look at the planed surface – tell me that you don’t smile now…


Finding the length of the tenon, at this point I was still not sure if they should become visible or hidden, so I made them long enough to penetrate the seat.


Marking this on the legs.


Marking the tenon.


A straight cut down the side.
Flat side of chisel against the shoulder.


Now a cut down 45 degree on the waste side.


The tenons are marked for sawing.


Both sides.
Like this the saw will not slip.


Then sawing.
Let the saw do the work, stand relaxed, find your rhythm.


Marking the shoulders.


Sawing.


Easy.


Precutting for the shoulder between the tenons.


Set the chisel just shy of the line.


Now you have crisp line and will not break the edge.


Then chisel away.


When deep enough, remove the larger piece.


Like so.


Go deeper and deeper, with patience.


Here we are.

End of part two.


Hope this can bring some inspiration, perhaps some peaceful moments or thoughts of love.

Best thoughts,

Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 358 days ago

Hi Mads-son! You sure are good with those hand tools. You make it look so easy!!
have a great weekend. Say Hi to Mathilde!!.......................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 358 days ago

Mads you can see it is being made with Love :)

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Roger

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#3 posted 358 days ago

Some very nice chippin n choppin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 358 days ago

Mad’s my friend, Great work and thx for sharing this journey. Great work with the hand tools! This is going to be fun to watch. I’m currently reading a book called, “The Souls of a Tree by George Nakashima”, great journey of woodworking from one of our Masters!

This reminds me of same type of journey. This will be interesting to watch your journey. Great job on all the pics. I see your pipe secretly sneaking in a few pics LOL… Glad everything is going well over there. Look fwd to seeing more.
Your buddy Ken

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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lew

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#5 posted 358 days ago

Mads,
Thank you for the photo journey. You always leave me with anxious expectations of what is coming next.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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shipwright

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#6 posted 358 days ago

Great blog my friend.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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stefang

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#7 posted 358 days ago

Well done Mads. There is no satisfaction like doing hand tool work and getting a great result as you have done here, and entertained us at the same time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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littlecope

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#8 posted 358 days ago

It’s good to see you back my Friend
teaching us the way of Zen through Wood…
And with Love in your Heart and Mind
All is well with this World…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Don W

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#9 posted 357 days ago

well done.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 357 days ago

Interesting blog. Nice work.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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lanwater

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#11 posted 357 days ago

Good to see you busy again Mads.

Thanks for the blog.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Praki

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#12 posted 357 days ago

Hi Mads,

Very nice hand work. I am all the more appreciative of good hand skills after my own journey from mostly power tools to mostly hand tools.

BTW, I spot a nice and interesting marking gauge in one of your photos. Is it something you made or acquired? I would love to see how it is made and adjusted.

Best

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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Philip

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#13 posted 357 days ago

Looking good, great technique.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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Mauricio

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#14 posted 356 days ago

Nice progress!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 356 days ago

Looks good, Mad.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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