I’ve got a presentation coming up in Boston next weekend for the Japan Society of Boston, and need to spend time in the next few days preparing for that. I’m hoping for a good turn out and that the audience will find my material interesting.
A few more pictures to present today of the closing stages in my design-build of a Japanese freestanding screen, or tsuitate. It’s been a most enjoyable and challenging project so far.
I’ve managed to oil the frame pieces – here they are sitting outside, out of the sun, drying:
The peg mortising for the tenons on the frame uprights has been completed:
The ‘peculiar’ thing about these grilles, I might point out, is that each 0.5″ square bar weaves over/under each adjacent bar. Over-under-over-under — you get the idea. If you think there’s nothing weird about that, give it a try.
There are two types of intersections in the grille that I have come up with, as I am doing this unique type of Japanese joinery with an ‘improvement’ (IMO), by using mitered abutments. These abutments allow for a stronger construction and make chamfering more seamless.
One type of intersection looks like this:
And the other type, the more numerous version, looks like this:
The backside of the joints, in case you were wondering, looks identical to the faces, save for the chamfering which is absent of course – here’s the backside of one of the joins, one of the ones which has a mason’s miter on the frontside:
Next step is the final assembly. I’ll be using no glue, just the two pegs for the feet, and the four shachi-sen to lock it all together.
Well, thanks for dropping by the Carpentry Way today. –> go to post 29