LJ Anniversary Claw Joint Box

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Project by SPalm posted 10-09-2008 01:58 PM 6349 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been one year since I joined LJs. Boy has it grown! This is one fantastic site and both Martin and the Jocks should be congratulated on its success. Thank you all for letting me become a part of it.

The pictures are of a Hawk Claw joint box that I made. I have wanted to try it for years. It was made famous by Kintaro Yazawa. I don’t even come close to the master’s work, but it was kind of fun. The trick is to make mortise and tenon joints with a long tenon and a short mortise. Then make a cut through the bottom of the mortise and carve a matching design on top of the tenon and so that the design pokes through the cutout.

Mine is made out of white oak. I used my fancy router thingy to do the tenons and scroll-sawed out the bottom of the mortises. This was followed by lots of filing and test fitting. Not an easy job as it was difficult to determine how to get each joint to fit. I went through a few fits and starts. I plan to try again and improve the way it looks and flows. Kind’a cool though.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 10-09-2008 02:11 PM

Congratulations on your first year. A beautiful box. Looks very impressive.

A fantastic job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Martin Sojka

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#2 posted 10-09-2008 02:27 PM

Congrats Steve! Keep enjoying woodworking and site ;)

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#3 posted 10-09-2008 02:35 PM

Impressive, Steve. I wouldn’t even attempt something like that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-09-2008 03:21 PM

very interesting joint! very nice and original. I may try this sometime

thanks for sharing

-- Martin, Gatineau, Québec

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 10-09-2008 03:22 PM

Happy LJ Birthday, Steve. Incredible joinery. Even after seeing the “How they do it” section in FWW, I am impressed with your hard work.

The other thing is, I am constantly reciting your signature line. One of my favorites…
Thanks for all you bring to the LumberJocks mix.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 10-09-2008 04:53 PM

I also read that thing in FWW on How they did it. I have been wanting to try it but thought it to intricate for my arthritic hands. Anyway Happy one Year on LumberJocks. Its been fun.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 10-09-2008 04:54 PM

Hi Steve;

Quite an accomplishment I would say. Very good workmanship.

Happy one year anniversary. I have to wonder how many of us LJ’s can remember our wedding anniversaries?

I swear my wife keeps changing the date, just to make me feel bad. I always remember it’s coming, I just get the date wrong. lol


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 10-09-2008 05:51 PM

Very interesting work! True artistry. I have to add this to my list of things to try.

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#9 posted 10-09-2008 06:04 PM

That is great. Thanks for including the last photo with the joint open. That made it much clearer to me what is going on.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#10 posted 10-09-2008 08:09 PM

Very innovative piece of joinery.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 10-09-2008 09:51 PM

Well done mysteriously beautiful. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 10-10-2008 12:19 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

The wife unit is taking me out to an anniversary dinner. I guess any reason not to cook will do.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 10-10-2008 02:31 AM

I like your style! Those are some really nice joints that add to a great box.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#14 posted 10-10-2008 03:58 AM

Jaw dropping! That is so cool!

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#15 posted 10-13-2008 11:29 PM

Tres coooool!


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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