Block Party, continued….
Once the stock was straight, square and to dimension, I set up my sawhorse in the yard and got my Makita Groover (Mizo Kiri Ban) out. This machine throws chips out in a hurry, so I figured using in in the kitchen wasn’t such a good idea. The slotting took but a few seconds:
Then it was back to the router table to complete the cut out of the coves on the makitō:
Perhaps due to the similarity of the bearing block to an implement that cups or holds something, this character, 斗, and term ‘masu‘ is a special Japanese carpentry word – you won’t find ‘斗’ defined in a regular dictionary defined as anything other than a lable or unit of measurement (about 18 liters). It is a term used for various kinds of pillow blocks (and there are many types and styles).
Here’s a close up of a couple of the blocks, prior to work on their stub tenons and mortises:
So that completed the work on the pillow blocks. Here they are temporarily installed on the bottom tier of hijiki:
Next on the agenda will be the upper tier of support arms. These were a late revision to my original scheme as I drew it, and I’ll explain the wherefore and why about that change in the next post in this thread. On to post 7