|Project by StLouisWoodworker||posted 07-07-2007 07:37 PM||3434 views||5 times favorited||25 comments|
The joinery in my Peace Bench is inspired by the japanese furniture maker Kintaro Yazawa, whose remarkable joinery is highlighted in the June 2007 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine. The bench is made from a single board of 5/4 mahogany. It’s dimensions are 26” high, 8” wide, and 30” long. The ‘olive branches’ inlay is made with sand-shaded holly veneer. I made the ‘dove and heart’ joinery by first making (unusually shaped) dovetail pins in the usual hand-sawn way but with the doves and heart cut into the ends of the pins using a straight bit in a Dremmel tool mounted on a Stewart-MacDonald router base, following Yazawa’s method. The tails are cut somewhat like those of half-blind dovetails but with an added step of opening areas for the doves and heart to penetrate, again following Yazawa’s method. It turns out that making these kinds of joints is slow going but not overly difficult. Some of Yazawa’s other style joints look really impossible, so I’ve put them off for the future after more late-night thinking.
-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)