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First shoji...

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Project by BlueHatMan posted 04-23-2011 08:49 PM 1109 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The idea is to build shoji for all the living room windows that are currently covered with blinds. This is the start, and there are plenty of goobers that don’t quite show. But a start none the less. You can see a little squiggle in the kumiko (the thin cross strips) that comes from ever so slightly mis-sawing. Doesn’t take a lot. And then the problems that come with fitting a square frame into a slightly lopsided opening.
I relied on Jay van Arsdale’s book, Shoji
Jay’s incredible. If you live in the Bay Area, take his Japanese tool and joinery classes at Laney College in Oakland. I got most of the way through the first class, and can now use Japanese tools like a caveman. But what’s really cool is the way the Japanese mind approaches layout.
Anyway, this is the starting shot, in poplar. By the time I get to the living room I may switch up the wood. I’m liking cypress a lot…
Second shoji in place, with remaining view of nasty house next door. The double, sliding shoji I build for this bay window will come after building six other single screens for various windows in the living room. I figure by then I might sorta know what I am doing.
Still scratching my head about fitting a square frame into a not so square opening. Any suggestions? I am all ears, and thumbs…

-- BlueHatMan, N. California, http://bluehatman.com/





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shavins

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#1 posted 04-24-2011 12:33 AM

great job blue it looks really well, toshio odate’s book on shoji is also very good if ever you need another source:)

-- shavins

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bigike

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 03:19 AM

saweeeeeeeeeet I wanna learn how to do these myself.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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clarkey

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 03:01 PM

Nice Job!!!!! l covered a opening of 54 in. with shoji panels that slid on a track . Shoji looks so much better than Blinds. Again great job .

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BlueHatMan

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 07:11 PM

Thanks everyone. But you know how it is—I see the spots that aren’t, uh, perfect. But getting better. @clarkey, I have a shoji that size, on tracks, in my future. And I am thinking, by the time I get there, I’ll have it all worked out…

-- BlueHatMan, N. California, http://bluehatman.com/

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