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My First attempt at Kumiko per Mike Pekovich book

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Project by SMP posted 08-15-2020 03:36 PM 1401 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For our Anniversary I wanted to make a small momento box for my wife. I received Mike Pekovich’s book last Christmas and thought the little Kumiko box would make a good gift. So I made some Kumiko blocks(they were out of stock on Mike’s site) so that took me a while just to make the blocks. And several of the kumiko pieces had to be thrown out due to the learning process. So I picked up some black walnut, and white oak for the bottom. I had some 1/8” african bloodwood leftover from some earrings I made her. I followed the design in the book the best I could, using white oak for the bottom contrast, and basswood for the Kumiko for contrast on top. I bought some hand made flower paper from a lady on Etsy for the lining, which is really cool paper. Unfortunately my table saw blade is pretty beat up so some gaps around the splines and I blew out a corner of a spline while hand planing them down. So big shout out to Rich for teaching me to pick the right product to make a better repair job using Mohawk Quick Fill. I only bought one stick, and given more time I probably could have done a better color match but overall i am happy how it turned out, compared to just using wood filler. Thanks for looking!





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jeffswildwood

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#1 posted 08-15-2020 07:14 PM

Very nice. I can imagine there is quite a learning curve for kumiko.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 08-15-2020 08:14 PM

I like it a lot. I have several things I want to make from the Pekovich book.

-- Pax - Maryland

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Rich

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#3 posted 08-15-2020 11:06 PM

Nice work. I’ve always been intrigued by that, but I doubt I have the patience. I really like how the bloodwood complements the walnut.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 08-16-2020 12:50 AM

Love it… I want to get the book! What is the title?

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 08-16-2020 02:06 AM

Very nice, well done. Looks like it would takes lots of time with all of the small pieces, and fitting each.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 08-16-2020 02:53 AM

Nicely done! I really like having a room divider, just for aesthetics, and my wife doesn’t. But she did agree that if I made one with the kumiko style, she’d be OK with it. It’s pretty far down the project list, though.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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SMP

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#7 posted 08-16-2020 03:46 AM


Very nice. I can imagine there is quite a learning curve for kumiko.

- jeffswildwood

Thanks! Yeah, Mike says to make extra pieces, so I made quite a few, and ended up with lots of tiny scrap.


I like it a lot. I have several things I want to make from the Pekovich book.

- PaxJen

Same here, quite a few. Funny thing is the one he designed for his brother that he realized looked just like on in the Gamble house, I thought it looked familiar, because i was at teh Gamble house last year. I loved everything in that house.


Nice work. I ve always been intrigued by that, but I doubt I have the patience. I really like how the bloodwood complements the walnut.

- Rich

Thanks for the kind words. I got laid off so have some free time now. Thanks again for the help leveling up my repair jobs!


Love it… I want to get the book! What is the title?

- PaulDoug

Its called The Why and How of Woodworking. Its a great book. I got it for Christmas but looks like Amazon has it:
https://www.amazon.com/Why-How-Woodworking-Approach-Meaningful/dp/1631869272/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=mike+pekovich&qid=1597549397&sr=8-1


Very nice, well done. Looks like it would takes lots of time with all of the small pieces, and fitting each.

- Eric

It actually didn’t take “too” long after I made all the jigs and the “frame” and got into a groove making all the pieces. Its a different mind set than working with machines though. When I use machines it more of measure 3 times and cut as perfectly as possible. With this it cut them purposefully too long and slowly shave them down a hair at a time so they just barely fit.


Nicely done! I really like having a room divider, just for aesthetics, and my wife doesn t. But she did agree that if I made one with the kumiko style, she d be OK with it. It s pretty far down the project list, though.

- Dark_Lightning

I guess thats where this originated. That would take a lot of time and I probably wouldn’t be able to see straight after doing this a few hours.

Thanks for all the kind words all! Cheers

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#8 posted 08-16-2020 10:52 AM

Very nice work!

-- Petey

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#9 posted 08-16-2020 02:15 PM

Great results!

I remember reading a kumiko how-to article in FWW, I’m guessing it is what the book expanded on. I really wanted to try it, but after seeing the detail involved I quickly though of something else I could be doing 8^)

I think it looks great with your box, I’ll have to reconsider my laziness!

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