Cherry and Alaskan yellow cedar framed lattice

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I have been interested in latticework for some time. In particular I wanted to learn to make Japanese shoji kumiko.

Eventually, this led to going as far as buying a Bridge City Toolworks JMP and I cut various lattice shapes and one day there it was, a square lattice. What design to fill it with?

And I realized I didn’t want to just copy the traditional designs, as beautiful as they are. So I began playing with ideas that try to embrace the ideas behind kumiko such as pieces held in place with friction. And the idea of a key that holds other pieces in place. But nothing felt quite right.

Then I decided to introduce curves and that led to using my Tormach mill to make parts.

Once I began using Onsrud downcut bits, this went rather well. The process began drawing the design in CAD software (Vectric VCarvePro) then machining the parts, then cutting them free on a band saw.

After a few weeks of trying different ideas, I settled on this one for this first lattice project.

Once I finished that I decided to add a frame and also made most of the cuts on the Tormach. The cherry was of course milled with standard tools such as my Minimax jointer/planer, etc.

And here is the finished product. Now hanging on a wall.

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 11:36 PM

Impressive work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 11:37 PM

That is beautiful. I really like the design!!

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 11:41 PM

Nice work! What cnc did you do the milling on? I like your method of freeing the parts on the bandsaw.

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#4 posted 02-11-2013 12:05 AM

I like this a lot. It is decorative, interesting and colorful. Great eye good taste.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-11-2013 01:03 AM

That is very beautiful looking. Great patterns you chose to put in the lattice work. Thanks for sharing!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 06:12 AM

bullhead1, that is a Tormach PCNC 1100.

Thanks all for the kind words.

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#7 posted 02-11-2013 12:14 PM

Nice work … thanks for all the detail pictures.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#8 posted 02-11-2013 05:00 PM

Remarkable. I really like that.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 02-12-2013 03:55 PM

Very creative and imaginative! Turned out into an amazing pattern, A fantastic decorative art piece.

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#10 posted 02-12-2013 11:07 PM

I love it.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#11 posted 03-10-2013 12:38 AM

I completely missed this, but having discovered it feel compelled to comment how much I like this! Very imaginative design and impressive machining. Well Done!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#12 posted 03-10-2013 01:33 AM

I like this! I KNOW my eldest son would love to have something like this.

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#13 posted 04-04-2013 02:41 AM

That is amazing. Very creative.

-- I never finish anyth

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