Post 23 in a build up of a traditional Japanese furniture form – a tsuitate, or freestanding room screen. it serves as a movable partition and these come in many shapes and sizes. Some are small enough to go on window ledges. This one is on the larger side, and measures about 50×60 inches or thereabouts.
With the panels but a step short of completion, I turned my attention to the lower frame cross piece, which serves to locate both the bottom edges of the panels, along with the grill bars, or kōshi, which are found front and back of the panels. This cross piece is fixed to the main cross member of the frame by three sliding dovetail keys, the joinery for which is already completed.
The first step in that procedure was to trim the piece to length. Now that the main frame members have been fitted together, I have a length to mark against, namely the distance between the inside shoulders of both vertical frame members.
Here’s the cross piece resting in position for marking:
With the ends now ready, I could work on the mortises for the kōshi. I constructed a simple jig, one that has a fence on the bottom to reference against the stock, and a series of fences on the top to control the router travel by it’s base plate:
The cross bar mortising is now complete, save for final scribe-fitting of the grill bars, which will be done on a piece-by-piece basis:
As always, thanks for dropping by the Carpentry Way today. –> On to post 24