Saturday, April 24, 2010

parts is nice

i'm glad to have some wooden parts on my bench.

i've been wanting to make the all end grain corner box joint for a while now, and i figured this was as good a time as any. the joints have all been laid out and are just waiting for me to cut them. as with the other japaness joints i've tried, this one needs alot of focus to layout as it's not the kind of thing where you cut one side out and lay it over to trace the other. you kinda got to go for broke and lay out both sides at once and hope the fitting goes well.

the box sides need to go together from the top/bottom, so the bottom of the box needs to sit in a rabet. this means some veneer for the bottom panel. the top is going to be solid, and i'm going to let it sit for as long as possible to stabilize.

so far the wood has been behaving nicely. the maple planes beautifully and has a really nice quarter sawn shimmer to it. this little plank (the one on the saw horses in the last post) came from my grandfather's land, and has been sitting in my uncle's shop for more then a decade. needless to say, it is thouroughly dry.


Nicholas Nelson said...

Yay woodworking again!
Ohhh I think I've seen that joint, very interesting. Maple has a good contrast in face to end grain, it will certainly pop out!
Good luck!

jbreau said...

that joint shows up in the nakashima book, soul of a tree.

yay for sure. it's nice to be slicing wood with sharp tools again. it's also pretty satisfying to be working with the tools that i've spent so much time on.

Ian Crosby said...

It was a pleasure to see you work on your box. I'm not just being a douche-bag when I say that your hand skills are inspiring! I'll look forward to more of your work down the road.

L'h de c de t!

Thanks again for the good times!