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    Mostly grunt work today with a hand plane and...

    Mostly grunt work today with a hand plane and minor assist from the band saw to get the ridge beam squared and planed on three sides. A little more to go tomorrow.

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    I had another load of...
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    Yes! I should have mentioned that the shaku...

    Yes! I should have mentioned that the shaku system, for those who don't know, is also decimal. 1/10th of a shaku is a sun, 1/10th of a sun is a bu. It could have been great medium between Imperial...
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    A word about my double measurement system. While...

    A word about my double measurement system. While I was designing this thing my research told me that Japanese residential architecture was modular and based on the size of tatami mats. However, the...
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    I finished one of the two eave beams. It is about...

    I finished one of the two eave beams. It is about 4 m long.

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    Here is how an eave beam connects to a post and tie beam and supports a barge board at an end. The notches are for...
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    Perhaps not what you are after Derek, but here is...

    Perhaps not what you are after Derek, but here is my minimalist jig for crosscutting shoulders. A squared block of wood and a clamp. What makes it a jig I guess is that I made sure all the opposing...
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    The ends of the floor joists are supported by...

    The ends of the floor joists are supported by pockets in the side peripheral floor beams. I got those pockets chopped out today. Or so I thought. Here are the two peripheral beams and the two...
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    Pecking away at it. I finished all of the tenons...

    Pecking away at it. I finished all of the tenons on the peripheral floor beams and now I'm on to the two sleepers that support the floor joists in the center of the shed. On of them is included in...
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    Here is another nuance of making and fitting the...

    Here is another nuance of making and fitting the tapered wedges (shachi sen). It is a little hard to illustrate. But if you taper the mortise from 36mm x 8mm at the surface to 31 mm at the bottom as...
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    The adjacent floor beam has a long tenon to fit...

    The adjacent floor beam has a long tenon to fit the long mortice I recently made. I ripped the long cheeks of the tenon on a bandsaw and did all the rest with hands saws and chisels as above.
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    Some WIP photos of the tenon end of the floor...

    Some WIP photos of the tenon end of the floor beams. I have done 2 of these and have 6 more to go. Here is how I cut the first two. I might change the order of cuts a bit later as I feel my way...
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    Here is the carpenter's joinery book I referred...

    Here is the carpenter's joinery book I referred to:

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    Amazon.com

    Togashi has other books on temple construction and gate construction if you really want to get in over your head!
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    I finished the second of two "rod tenon...

    I finished the second of two "rod tenon mortices," (rough translation) and this went a little better than the first. A bit more refined.

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    There is a nuance in cutting the half mortices...
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    From my amateur reading, I think you are exactly...

    From my amateur reading, I think you are exactly right. Historically what we think of today as Japanese carpentry started with Buddhist monks who learned their trade in China. The Chinese methods and...
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    Instead of finishing the post/eave/cross beam...

    Instead of finishing the post/eave/cross beam joints I decided to work on the floor beams. Only because I already have them in my shop. Less work than moving them out and moving the much longer eave...
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    I finished the joinery for the three tie/cross...

    I finished the joinery for the three tie/cross beams. The mortices in the centers are for the equivalent of king posts that will support the ridge beam. The beams still need to be finish planed and...
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    I finished the 28 post mortices and I'm on to the...

    I finished the 28 post mortices and I'm on to the three way joint between the post, a tie beam on the short axis of the shed, and an eave beam on the long axis. This particular framing joinery is...
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    That rationale makes sense, thanks. I might...

    That rationale makes sense, thanks.

    I might be a little delayed in posting on shed progress for awhile since today we welcomed this little girl to our household. We have named her "Willa." Nine...
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    And just in case my description of the rotated...

    And just in case my description of the rotated square peg and kerfed tenon wasn't clear, here is a model of what one will look like from the tenon side:


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    I have read that that in the...
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    I'm fine with being 70, too. Although, I was...

    I'm fine with being 70, too. Although, I was talking with a friend about the same age yesterday who was raving about his e-bike. He said, "When you ride it, it makes you feel younger and stronger!" I...
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    GRadice, international man of mystery! I...

    GRadice, international man of mystery!

    I actually just turned 70, but that's just between you and me.

    The Hall saw horse has some wonderful layout challenges. The legs are not square in...
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    Ah, sawhorses. Deserves a whole thread somewhere....

    Ah, sawhorses. Deserves a whole thread somewhere.

    Before I started this project and despite woodworking for 40 years I somehow had zero saw horses. I looked around for designs that would be...
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    Ha! Wait until you see the tenons! I'm using...

    Ha! Wait until you see the tenons!

    I'm using a slight variation on the three-way beam-to-post joint I tried in my joinery model. I changed the look of the upper stub tenons to make it a little...
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    I agree poplar might be a good substitute....

    I agree poplar might be a good substitute. Liquidambar sytraciflua. Not too hard or soft, not too dense or heavy, easy to work. Readily available in 1 inch/25mm thick stock at any big box store but...
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    Incremental progress. Mortices chopped on two...

    Incremental progress. Mortices chopped on two posts. One post shown here. Each post takes me two days, working maybe 4-5 hours per day. Four more posts to go then on to the horizontal beams. My plan...
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    I'm on the US west coast but I've never made a...

    I'm on the US west coast but I've never made a handle for a Japanese saw. My first suggestion would be to ask Stan Covington at Covingtonandsons.com. He knows Japanese saws well and also knows US...
  26. Thread: Sashigane

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    Sashigane

    I've been using several sashigane or 指矩 /framing squares for a shed build. I've discussed that on another subforum at this site but maybe this is better posted here. I'd love to see any advice or...
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    Ah, thanks. I've put it in my "to get" queue. ...

    Ah, thanks. I've put it in my "to get" queue.

    Two other sources for traditional Japanese construction I've found that others might find interesting:

    1) Anything on the late Chris Hall's blog,...
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    I'm using the chisel on the top, a 30 mm...

    I'm using the chisel on the top, a 30 mm atsunomi. It is a serious piece of steel. For size comparison just below is a standard Japanese bench chisel. Below that is Japanese mortice chisel. Those...
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    Lovely. Thanks, Greg. Some joinery at last....

    Lovely. Thanks, Greg.

    Some joinery at last. This is the wedged half dovetail I'm using to connect the horizontal tie boards (nuki, 貫) to the posts. Functionally like "girts" in Western timber...
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    I'm jealous. I've visited Japan just once about...

    I'm jealous. I've visited Japan just once about 40 years ago in my former life, for ten days in industrial Yokohama. I was working and poor and a bit overwhelmed. My main memory was feeling alien....
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    Yes, highlighting the kerf is another way to go....

    Yes, highlighting the kerf is another way to go. A version of that I've seen in pictures is to plane the filler strip nearly flush but leave it proud about 5 mm to create a nice shadow line. It looks...
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    Back to shed building. One technique I learned...

    Back to shed building. One technique I learned early in my research for this build was to saw a sewari, a back or relief cut, on one face of the freshly cut heart center beam. The idea is to...
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    Very sharp eye. In fact, here I am right now ...

    Very sharp eye. In fact, here I am right now

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    I keep the grinder in the garage so the noise doesn't wake my later-rising wife.

    Yes to using Japanese tools, mostly. Layout tools,...
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    Getting back to the shed. A little terminology...

    Getting back to the shed.

    A little terminology translation since I'm in the USA. You know, Australia and the USA: two countries separated by a common language.

    Where I'm from, "timber framed,"...
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    Brilliant guess! It was in fact a Treos 2013...

    Brilliant guess! It was in fact a Treos 2013 Pinot Noir. The Treos vineyards are about 30 minute drive down the valley in the Eola/Amity Hills wine district. Local wine for the local spirits. ...
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    Very good! The long ones with notches on the...

    Very good! The long ones with notches on the narrow faces of the bar are Cincinnati Tool Co. The ones with ridges on the sides for side clutches are Hargraves. Both probably early 20th century. There...
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    I believe you have this kanna: 千代鶴貞秀 - 鉋 - 乱菊...

    I believe you have this kanna:

    千代鶴貞秀 - 鉋 - 乱菊

    The maker has a good reputation but I don't know enough about it to judge its relative quality.

    Edit: after a little more research here is...
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    And yes, you got those clamps identified. I don't...

    And yes, you got those clamps identified. I don't have much new to report on the shed since I'm still just doing layout: How about these clamps?

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    There were very few made, probably in the 1950's...

    There were very few made, probably in the 1950's or early 60's. Most F&E were made much larger for industrial use but they made this baby one to the same standards and I suspect that made it too...
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    When I prepped the site for construction, for fun...

    When I prepped the site for construction, for fun and to honor a Japanese tradition I conducted a jichinsai ceremony. This comes from the Shinto religion and is meant to apologize to the local...
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    The jointer is a 12" Crescent jointer made about...

    The jointer is a 12" Crescent jointer made about 1948. It is a beast. The bandsaw is also a Crescent, 26", made in the late 1920's. The wheel guard is original. You might also get a glimpse of a 20"...
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    Good eye! I'm a proud descendant of grandparents...

    Good eye! I'm a proud descendant of grandparents on my father's side from Mistretta and Sinagra in Messina province. And I have cugini in Sinagra near Perth, too.
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    Yes, all Japanese joinery. The only metal...

    Yes, all Japanese joinery. The only metal fasteners will be screws to hold down the rafters, metal roof panels, wood flooring and some in the plywood and cement board wall panels.

    Last summer I...
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    A Japanese timber framed garden shed

    OK, way down here seems to be where garden shed discussions hide. Hello?

    I'm into an unusual or maybe even exotic project: a Japanese framed shed, in Oregon, USA. This came about because a couple...
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    Done except for the second coat of oil finish. ...

    Done except for the second coat of oil finish.

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    Thanks, Tom. The issue with the hinges was new...

    Thanks, Tom. The issue with the hinges was new one for me. I wanted to have any hardware hidden as much as possible. That led me to knife hinges. There are basically two styles, center pivot and...
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    Getting closer. Got the box final fitted and...

    Getting closer. Got the box final fitted and glued up. The slanted front and miters meant throwing a variety of clamps at it. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

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    Today I tried to fit the door...
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    A pair of kiwaggana

    I recently acquired my first skew rabbet planes. These are new, made by Hideki Komori, aogami steel.

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    I'm feeling my way through and going slowly setting...
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    A gentleman never tells his true age :wink:! ...

    A gentleman never tells his true age :wink:!

    The idea to groove the panel surface came from making a traditional Japanese tray called a wagatabon, which were always carved from a single plank....
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    Is a bread box big stuff?

    Work in progress. It has some joinery so I'll put it here. If the mods want to move it, fine with me.

    My niece asked her mother (my sister) if Uncle Gary would make her a breadbox. My sister asked...
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