- One week
- Hand tools
- Take pictures
- Write up your results (so that others can learn from our mistakes!)
Ladies and gentlemen....are your saws and chisels ready?
This week's project is one that caught my eye a while back, from a book that Sebastian lent me describing a series of traditional joints used in Japanese temple construction.
I picked out a subject for our joinery practice, but there is one minor detail missing.....the name!
If anyone out there wants to provide the name here, bonus points will be awarded! I have no clue myself.....story of my life,haha. Sort of a single sided, floating Shachi-tsugi I suppose.
This looks like a fun one, a great method of connecting a beam to a post that has already been erected and can't be moved. Like, say...you need to add on to an existing structure. The floating tongue attaches to the post by means of a sliding dovetail, then engages the beam and is locked into place by a tapered wooden peg (a shachi-sen). The bulk of the beams weight rests on the protruding stub tenon, not the greatest load bearing capacity, but cool nonetheless.
One of the reasons that I wanted to start these joinery practice sessions in the first place, was to better learn more about the layout and cutting procedure best used for this type of elaborate joinery. That particular aspect of the craft is greatly lacking, so in the future I hope to do a better job of documenting the reasoning behind why I try to do things a particular way. Maybe that will help some of you other beginners out there.
As I do more of this, I am realizing that the most difficult part of the process might be to try something new in the first place, cut a joint that you've not tried before. Send pics and notes on your attempts, modifications that might make things work more smoothly, whatever.
It doesn't need to look perfect....Have fun!
On a related subject, Sebastian has started hosting a series of woodworking classes, so next time you are down south....
I was thinking that a couple of simple birds-mouth joints might make for some fun layout and sawing practice.
Two different versions, it might be fun to compare which is easier to cut, which one feels stronger, etc. Why these strange looking joints? Besides being good sawing practice, they are both examples of something that is simple to do using hand tools, but fairly difficult if you rely on powered tools. Lots of these seemingly complex things are actually fairly simple, once you have a little bit of knowhow.
All saw, no chopping, good practice!