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04-26-2010 07:42 PM

Hi Guys!

I want to build some Japanese-inspired furniture, and am looking for plans from which to do that. Does anyone have any good book/magazine/DVD recommendations?

Thanks much in advance!

-- Dean

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#1 posted 04-26-2010 08:32 PM

Recently discussed at this topic.

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#2 posted 04-26-2010 09:27 PM

You maybe interested. Here is a bed I have started to work on

I don’t have any plans but I am confident that I can replicate this just be referencing the picture. I plan to make matching night stands and a chest of drawers.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 05:05 PM

I live fifteen minutes from Japan Woodworker in Alameda, CA. Please private message me if you’d like me to swing by for you.

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#4 posted 04-29-2010 09:28 PM


Thanks much for the offer, but I’m actually looking for plans to make furniture with. Specifically, right now, a bench for a bedroom or bath.

So if anyone has ideas, let me know!


-- Dean

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#5 posted 04-30-2010 08:05 AM

Theres a ton of books out there on Japanese Furniture & Joinery. There are entire books on pieces such as the Tansu that get right into the culture and history behind the item. Have a look and happy hunting

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 07:32 PM


I am having no luck finding any such books at the library. Can you recommend a few titles for me to check out?


-- Dean

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 10:06 PM

George Nagashima’s books are a great source, Fine WW had an article about a year ago about unusual Japanese joinery that would be helpful. I too love Japanese work. Green and Green’s work is greatly influenced by Japanese work.

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#8 posted 05-10-2010 08:00 PM


Searched around for George Nagashima’s books, both at the library and online, to no avail. I guess I’ll just give up on this search for now.

Thanks for your reply!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 05-10-2010 08:17 PM

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#10 posted 05-17-2010 07:54 PM

Ok guys,

I think we had a spelling error! It’s Nakashima, not NaGashima!

As it turns out, Timberwerks, the library has the books you found on Amazon, so I’m off to check them out! Thanks!

-- Dean

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