Continuing on now with the fabrication of the upper set of crossbeams for my Japanese-influenced garden lantern. If you are coming to this blog for the first time, or haven’t visited in a while, please see the archive in the side bar on this page for a list of previous installments in this thread, from “First Light ~ First Light VII”.
The first set of diagonal ‘X’ beams were put together, and my attention had turned to the shorter pair of beams, which were taller in section and would partially lap the diagonal set. For this I would use a housed and cogged double oblique lap. After the lap was established, I next used a kebiki to knife the sidelines of the cog housing:
Hah – sometimes I wish the cut out were as easy as ‘presto, one, two, three‘, but no such luck. I’ve been amazed at how many hours can run by as the work progresses. It’s a highly enjoyable process regardless.
I next set out to chop the housed half laps at the ends of the shorter beams. The yet-to-be made sill, or do-dai, for the lantern housing will interlock with these joints:
Then, taking the sidelines of the plowed trench as a guide, I separated the pieces, marked out the housings from the trench shoulders, and processed the cut outs on the faces of the diagonals at the crossing point:
Then I took it all apart again, and began cutting out the little step-downs:
There was still a fair amount of work to come on these four pieces yet though! Stay tuned – on to post 9.