11 March 2016
20 February 2016
The kikai-jyakuri-kanna (機械決り鉋 or 機械作里鉋) is a handy style of plane for cutting continuous grooves of widths from about 3mm up to 15mm. Max cutting depth is about 12mm . It is similar to the western grooving planes in function (cuts a rectangular groove), but not in construction. These are (were) typically used for cutting the grooves required to insert thin panels or glass into shoji doors or similar items. It is a special purpose plane that has limitations. The router has really replaced these planes but these are a lot more pleasant to work with and are still available new and used.
25 September 2015
While at the Kezuroukai in Odawara, Japan last year I was a bit overwhelmed by the number of natural sharpening stone (ten-nen-toishi) sellers there. Most were from Kyoto, the epicenter of the natural stone mining business, and where we were heading in a couple days.
Most sellers at Kezuroukai brought select stones to sell, but nobody was set up for you to actually try the stones in a meaningful way. When we spoke to a few of the more talkative sellers, they were quick to invite us out to their shops where they have their full inventory and encourage visitors bring blades and try everything.
09 August 2015
OK, so this project is a lot like the elm hassock just posted. Dimensions are very similar (14" x 14" x 15" high), but instead of blind mitered dovetails it uses blind mitered box joints. Not sure that change saved me any time, but that was the hope. This box includes a lid with a raised panel that added some steps. It will not receive a finish.
Elm was a wood I had not worked with so when I came across it at an urban salvage yard, I bought some. The main board was 1 1/8" x 14" x 8' rough. After picking out the best section of it, I ended up with a piece about 60" long. My objective was to attempt mitered blind dovetail corners all around and learn about working elm.
09 January 2015
|Display case with workshop beyond.|
A recent visit to the Tokyo shop of a traditional Edo sashimono maker (see Mogami Kougei) led to questions about where the delicate hardware comes from that adorns many small cabinets and items that sashimono makers create. It was no surprise to find out that there was a small shop nearby that sold only such hardware. Mr. Saito Ichiro is the owner of Saito Shoten and has been both making and selling such hardware for many years.
01 January 2015
|Odawara Arena main floor.|
23 November 2014
I had never visited the former Takenaka Dougu Kan (Carpentry Tools Museum) but I just spent a couple hours at the brand new one in Shinkobe, Japan. The museum has also updated their English webpage (http://www.dougukan.jp/) to reflect the new facility, exhibits, and events. I did not interview any officials there, so these are purely my observations.
I will readily say this is a first rate facility designed for a broad audience and worth a trip if you are ever nearby. Getting there was relatively easy - take the Sanyo Shinkansen line. The museum property is within several hundred yards of the Shin-kobe Station. You walk out the main entrance doors of the station and take a left. See the website for a map. Admission is 500 yen for adults, less for students and seniors, free for children.