I was planning another post in the ‘X Marks the Spot‘ series for today, but plans change with a big snowstorm rolling into town. I suspect I may be housebound tomorrow, so I will have plenty of time to put together the next post in that series. For today, I decided to do another post in this series on the design and construction of a dining table based largely on a Ming Dynasty antecedent.
Still working on that center rail. The next step was to process the sloped abutment of the tusk tenon, for which I made up a jig:
Here’s a random shot of the central rib on top of that precious teak plank, which helps show the amount of material that was removed from the bottom of the rail:
I leave final clean up and trimming of the mortises for when I fit the five pairs of battens to the central rail, much in the way ribs attach to a spine in form, but with rod joints – sao-tsugi – connecting the pieces.
Wow! That one piece had a lot of work in it! I feel like I have spent half my life with that one stick. Next time, I move on to other parts of the table – probably the batten joinery can be processed in relatively short order. Thanks for dropping by and tuning in. –> on to post 15