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Project by DreganTepis posted 12-30-2019 04:18 PM 1140 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished!!! I made these to go with the coffee table I finished in July. They are patterned by the famous Miyajima ‘Floating’ torii gate at the Itsukushima shrine in Japan (last pic). for the cross member (nuki) I used traditional torii construction techniques; a through tenon with a notch on the bottom to drop over the edges of the mortise after being inserted, and 2 wedges (kusabi) on top of the tenon and into the mortise to hold the tenon down. The top is attached via wedged through tenon, and rests on a pair of wings (attached to the center legs via sliding dovetail) and a center tower (gakuzuka). For the horizontal end bridges I used a 4” loose tenon from each of the left bridges, through the center leg, and into the right bridges. outside legs are attached with 2” loose tenons. Finished with Arm-R-Seal.

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.





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sansoo22

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#1 posted 12-30-2019 04:54 PM

Very nice design! I think you captured the essence of the Itsukushima shrine quite well. I love the different styles of joints used as well.

Also my wimpy table saw just giggle at the thought of cutting what looks to be 6/4 walnut.

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DreganTepis

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#2 posted 12-30-2019 05:02 PM


Very nice design! I think you captured the essence of the Itsukushima shrine quite well. I love the different styles of joints used as well.

Also my wimpy table saw just giggle at the thought of cutting what looks to be 6/4 walnut.

- sansoo22


Thank you! 8/4 walnut, and 4/4 bubinga… and the bubinga was the more difficult of the two! Really though, neither was that bad.

I used a Kreg ACS for breakdown, shoulders and angles, and a DeWalt job-site saw with Freud Industrial thin kerf glue line rip blade for ripping. Even the budget Japanese hand saws I used didn’t have much of an issue.

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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MrWolfe

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#3 posted 12-30-2019 07:26 PM

Beautiful work.
Quite stunning.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon

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DreganTepis

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#4 posted 12-30-2019 07:33 PM



Beautiful work.
Quite stunning.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon

- MrWolfe

Thank you sir!!!

-- Red pencil, red marker, marking knife... doesn't mater, the wood will end up the same color.

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swirt

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#5 posted 12-31-2019 03:45 AM

Pretty amazing joinery. They have an interesting style. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Peteybadboy

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#6 posted 12-31-2019 11:57 AM

WOW great design! Your joints look perfect too.

-- Petey

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Jamie

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#7 posted 12-31-2019 04:27 PM

Really cool. I have to incorporate that wedged stretcher joint into my next project.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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