|Project by majeagle1||posted 07-03-2010 01:40 AM||8641 views||6 times favorited||31 comments|
Curly Maple & Purpleheart Butsudan
After a few mistakes and mishaps, a bit of learning, I have finally completed this
Curly Maple & Purpleheart Butsudan that was commissioned by a friend on the East Coast.
For those of you who don’t know what a Butsudan is, it is a Buddhist religious shrine that is used to house a Gohonzon, which is a prayer scroll. I believe that there are other religious items that may be housed within, but this one is for the scroll.
The interior background is Lacewood / Leapordwood/Silky Oak.
The Purpleheart inlay was a challenge as I did not use veneer. It is almost 1/4” thick so it was harder to cut. The Lacewood background was resawn into 3/16” thick panels and laminated to the back.
I hardwired a 6” LED strip w/ transformer into the top of the Butsudan to give a very soft light to read the scroll, yet ensure that there was no heat buildup. The power cord is running down the inside of the back, in a groove that is covered by a strip of the Lacewood. The cord comes out the bottom as I did not want to drill a hole in the cabinet.
Also I built in a strip of Curly Maple, hanging down from the inside of the top for the Gohonzon to hang from. It has 3 small brass hooks.
Again, the biggest challenges for me on this one was the deep inlay and cutting the circle and then the matching radius pieces around that. Then the next challenge was cutting and installing the knife hinges. Although I did it, and they came out o.k., there are a few things I would do differently.
It is 31” tall, 20” wide and 10” deep and yes, once again, I used my favorite Danish Oil and Black Bison Wax.
As always, all comments are welcome, please……….