|Project by Don||posted 07-16-2007 02:24 AM||5802 views||5 times favorited||15 comments|
I’ve been thinking about my entry into the Summer 2000 Competition. I find the Joinery Category particularly challenging.
Specifically, the challenge of making something ”without glues, metal nails, screws or other mechanical fasteners” got my interest.
At first, I thought that I would make a small project, dry fit the joinery, photograph and enter it, then glue it up later. But no, this wouldn’t be in the spirit of the competition.
To my way of thinking, the real challenge incorporated in the rules is to make something entirely without glue or mechanical fasteners of any sort. For my interpretation, this means no aspect of the project should have any hint of joinery that violates this restriction. To simply have one joint that met the rules and the rest that didn’t, seemed to be playing loose with the interpretation.
The handle joinery is known as a Blind Fox-Wedged Tenon.
In this case, the turned tenon has one slot into which a wedge is fit prior to driving the handle home into the head of the mallet. When driven home, the wedge is forced between the shoulders of the tenon jambing them against the walls of the mortise. Absolutely no glue was used, or is required. The handle is completely wedged in place and impossible to remove or revolve.
There is no question, this project meets my strict interpretation of the rules. My conscience is clear! However, I’m not entering this project. Rather, I’ve decided to enter a small box with the same strict adherence to the rules.
[The third picture is simply for interest – although the Bow Saw is also constructed without glue or screws, it could possibly be argued that the string and saw blade were “mechanical fasteners”, so I decided to enter the Mallet instead.]
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/