|Project by Junji||posted 02-24-2009 07:39 AM||44460 views||6 times favorited||13 comments|
I always wanted to make one of these Chabu-Dai, a traditional Japanese dining table. The structure is really from long time experience of Japanese carpenters, so I thought there must be a lot to learn building this table.
To know the structure of it well, I referenced this site, but all in Japanese (sorry), but even only with photos, you can get some ideas.
How to make Chabu-dai
Chabu-dai is usually a round shape table, that’s because even a little kid can move it by standing and roll it. But for me, it is more important to put it away in a small space, so I made a square one.
Actually this is “re-produce” from a normal low table from a store. I found this as clearance goods, which they were selling it at 800 yen (about $7). I think this is rubber wood.
Most difficult part is the head of the legs. It is round, but not symmetry. When you open the legs, the legs head has to touch the table top and friezes by as much plane as possible, not by a line or a point. And when you move the legs, either open or close, the leg shouldn’t touch the table top or friezes. To check it, I made friezes and legs first set.
The legs can be take away, using pins and springs. There are tiny little hole in friezes where pins are, so if you push the pins with fine needle, you can push out the pin from friezes.
I used some screws for friezes, but in old days, I believe they did it any bolts or screws.
I told you this is a dinig table in ancient days in Japan, some people still use as a dinig table, but we don’t. I feel more comfortable sitting in chair, not on the floor. We use this table in kids room. But you know, Japanese houses are really really small, so we have to put away what we don’t need.
-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/