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Katanakake (Japanese sword stand) #1: Rough shaping - Mortises, tenons, bandsaw profiles

08-03-2012 06:13 PM by BTimmons | 5 comments »

A katanakake is an elegant way to display Japanese swords. Like much of the aesthetic that descends from feudal-era Japan, it can be purely functional or highly decorative, but form always follows function. The Edo period of Japan saw the creation of countless beautiful artworks in every possible medium, be it woodworking, architecture, sword making, painting, etc. So how did I stumble upon this specialized niche, anyway? A few years ago I started practicing Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido...

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New Post on the Little Good Pieces blog: "Wing Chun Dummy - Square Holes"

11-22-2010 06:53 PM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

There’s a new post available on the Little Good Pieces blog:  “Wing Chun Dummy – Square Holes”.  I fill in defects in the dummy body and finish it.  Check it out!  http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/wing-chun-dummy-body-shaping/

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Tae Kwon Do Belt Rack #2: Turning and Carving

05-02-2015 02:38 AM by CharlieK | 3 comments »

The columns are 28” long and taper from about 2-1/2” at the bottom to about 1-3/4” at the top. The rough blanks were about 3” square and 31” long. I haven’t done much turning and I can’t turn as efficiently as some people, but given enough time I was able to figure it out! The trick was getting them EXACTLY the same length! It was hard to measure them precisely so I drilled some holes in a few scrap pieces of particle board to test the ...

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New "Little Good Pieces" blog post - "Wing Chun Dummy - Body in the Rough"

11-11-2010 08:05 PM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces blog – “Wing Chun Dummy – Body in the Rough”. I’ve found material for the body of the dummy and have begun roughing. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/wing-chun-dummy-body-in-the-rough/

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New Post on the Little Good Pieces Blog: Wing Chun Dummy - Making the Frame, Part 1

12-20-2010 06:10 PM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces Blog: “Wing Chun Dummy – Making the Frame, Part 1”. I begin the process of cutting mortise-and-tenon joints on the frame timbers. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/wing-chun-dummy-making-the-frame-part-1/

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New Post on the Little Good Pieces Blog: Wing Chun Dummy - Final Assembly

01-04-2011 05:08 PM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces Blog: “Wing Chun Dummy – Final Assembly”. I finally put all the pieces together to create a functional training partner. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/wing-chun-dummy-final-assembly/

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New "Little Good Pieces" blog post - "Wing Chun Dummy – Arms Race"

11-14-2010 05:40 PM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

There’s a new post available on the Little Good Pieces Blog – “Wing Chun Dummy – Arms Race”. In this episode, we change approach to making the arms, make the stock, and turn them. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/11/14/wing-chun-dummy-arms-race/

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New Post on the Little Good Pieces blog: "Wing Chun Dummy - Square Holes"

11-26-2010 05:55 PM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

There’s a new post available on the Little Good Pieces blog: “Wing Chun Dummy – Square Holes”. I make the mortises for the arms and support slats. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/11/26/wing-chun-dummy-square-holes-2/

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Katanakake (Japanese sword stand) #2: More bandsaw shaping, some drilling, and lots of sanding

08-04-2012 10:56 PM by BTimmons | 0 comments »

In case you missed it, here is Part 1 in this series. First thing I did was employ my new-to-me drill press to establish an inner curve for the vaulted feet. Placing the center brad of a Forstner bit ensures that an even radius is cut into both sides, which were held together with blue tape. Not an ideal clamping solution, but it’s adequate for this. Always use a backer board to avoid blowout! I had a bit of tearout around the mortise here, but the rack will obscure the flaw af...

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New "Little Good Pieces" blog post - "Wing Chun Dummy – Square Pegs"

11-16-2010 06:05 PM by TheGravedigger | 0 comments »

There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces blog: “Wing Chun Dummy – Square Pegs”. This episode details how I put the 11” long square tenons on the back end of the tapered wooden arms by hand. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/11/16/wing-chun-dummy-square-pegs/

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