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    For paring the bevels, yes: chisels and paring...

    For paring the bevels, yes: chisels and paring guide clamped to the surface to keep the angles constant. Tenons cut with a Japanese dozuki saw and a hozohiki saw, which is a fine toothed like a...
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    Incremental progress. I completed the batten...

    Incremental progress. I completed the batten tenons, fit them to the frame, and checked everything for square. Then I extended the battens' tapered dovetail lines onto the dovetail clamps and started...
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    I made a fixture and routed the waste between the...

    I made a fixture and routed the waste between the "dovetail clamps" (so called by my reference books) on the long arms. I hate using a router because of the noise and mess and chance of doing...
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    It is a good question, Tom. None of the pictures...

    It is a good question, Tom. None of the pictures or construction drawings of Ming tables that I have seen incorporate a gap in the middle. I don't know why more of the Ming tables with solid tops and...
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    The joinery for the top panel is the most unusual...

    The joinery for the top panel is the most unusual feature of this build. It is similar to this schematic of another Ming table.

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    On mine there there will two panels separated by a small...
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    Bob, yes, that is the joint: (箱相欠き車知栓仕口...

    Bob, yes, that is the joint: (箱相欠き車知栓仕口 Hako-aikaki-shachi-sen-shikuchi). Chris Hall wrote a 45 page tutorial on how to lay and cut it out that I used as a guide. He called it a "mitered box joint."...
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    I had some problems finishing up the corner...

    I had some problems finishing up the corner joints since I had undercut a few mortise side walls when I chiseled them out. I re-leveled them and made up the gap by gluing on some veneer. Annoying and...
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    Thanks Bob. I'm very much looking forward to the...

    Thanks Bob. I'm very much looking forward to the top being done, too. Maybe before Christmas?

    I have started on the corner joinery for the top frame. I still have some fitting up of the miters,...
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    I like your sense of design, especially the...

    I like your sense of design, especially the asymmetry of the front. The proportions seem perfect for the task and a great use of the wood available. Nicely done. You should be super proud.
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    I finished the stretcher joinery. Here is a dry...

    I finished the stretcher joinery. Here is a dry fit. There is still a lot of shaping and finish work to go but I'm setting the base aside for now. Instead I'll start the frame and panel top tomorrow....
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    On to the stretchers. These will have spear point...

    On to the stretchers. These will have spear point mortices on the leg faces. I'm not really sure what to call them but I hope you can get the idea from the pictures.

    I had already cut the main...
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    I'm almost done re-making the aprons to their...

    I'm almost done re-making the aprons to their proper dimensions and fitting them to the legs. Here is one corner. That little pyramid tip at the outside corner of the leg will be cut down and rounded...
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    I agree that an Adirondack chair design would be...

    I agree that an Adirondack chair design would be a great choice. There are lots of plans out there and many versions. Some have the back end of the seat too low in my opinion which makes them a...
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    That same table by Moser was my first woodworking...

    That same table by Moser was my first woodworking project 40 years ago using borrowed tools in a school workshop. I still have the table and it still looks good. I think it is a terrific first...
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    Yes, madrone bark is something else. The wood is...

    Yes, madrone bark is something else. The wood is not common and even in North America few know of it. I have neighbours who haven't heard of it, although they probably have seen it and not known what...
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    Minor progress of rough shaping the lower edge of...

    Minor progress of rough shaping the lower edge of the aprons to meet the curves of the legs. Band saw and rasps and files to this point.
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    Since not many people know the madrone wood I'm...
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    Got the legs bandsawn roughly to shape. They...

    Got the legs bandsawn roughly to shape. They taper about 8 mm on the inside surfaces. I was relieved to find that I actually got all four feet pointing in the proper direction! The empty mortices on...
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    Ha! I'm bi-metrical. I've used Imperial all my...

    Ha! I'm bi-metrical. I've used Imperial all my life for everyday stuff but used metric professionally as a scientist. For woodworking I started with Imperial tooling but have never been comfortable...
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    The four corner joints are done except for final...

    The four corner joints are done except for final fitting and flushing the surfaces. The stretchers are next

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    One corner joint 98% fitted and I'm pretty happy...

    One corner joint 98% fitted and I'm pretty happy so far. It is slow going because trimming any one surface changes all the relationships with the other surfaces and going too fast or too far is a...
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    I thought I would show how I'm doing the sliding...

    I thought I would show how I'm doing the sliding dovetail that is crosswise to the apron tenon. For the male side I started by sawing and chiseling a platform within the mortice for the tenon that is...
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    Thanks, Bob. The wedges shouldn't force the loose...

    Thanks, Bob. The wedges shouldn't force the loose tenon outward, just toward one end of its mortice. This is a fairly common joinery technique in Japan with many variations. Here is one from a...
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    Big improvement and a creative solution. Well...

    Big improvement and a creative solution. Well done. I love to see kumiko in a non-traditional setting and lots of other details to draw your eye away from the blank screen.

    If I might suggest:...
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    OK, a rather scary looking family photo of the...

    OK, a rather scary looking family photo of the nearly finished corner joinery in the madrone. I still have to bevel the edges of the male sliding dovetails that lock the apron tenons, and general...
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    Here is the rest of the leg corner joinery. I...

    Here is the rest of the leg corner joinery. I borrowed and adapted this construction from Chris Hall, who used this Japanese joinery for his interpretation of a Ming dining table several years ago....
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    The timber is another interesting story. I'm...

    The timber is another interesting story. I'm using madrone, also called Pacific Madrone, Arbutus menziesii. It grows only along the Pacific Northwest coast of the USA. Think California, Oregon, and...
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    A Ming era table with uncommon joinery

    New member here. I was encouraged to show work in progress so here is what I'm working on now. This is a small table based on this picture of a historical piece:
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    Mine may or may not have...
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    Thanks, all. I'm happy to be here. I visited...

    Thanks, all. I'm happy to be here.
    I visited Australia a couple of years ago with three old friends from primary school in the USA to visit a fourth who emigrated to Melbourne in the 70's. Four...
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    Thanks for this. I remember my grandmother...

    Thanks for this. I remember my grandmother telling me about making bread communally like this when she was a young girl in Sicily in the early 1900's. She taught me to make bread when I was a child...
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    Hello from Oregon, USA

    G'day, all. Retired academic now making furniture for family and friends in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. I have a special interest in Japanese woodworking tools and techniques and restoring and...
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