Starry, Starry Night take two some construction notes

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Project by madburg posted 06-09-2021 12:39 AM 957 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank you all for your comments on my last post – see it here. It’s always a pleasure to share my work here on Lumberjocks and to get the feedback from like minded enthusiasts.

A little more on the construction to answer James questions. The outer Tomobako uses finger joints, or comb joints or what ever you want to call them. They are reinforced with typical Japanese wooden nails – well actually tooth-picks with the sharp end snapped off – they go nicely into a 2mm hole. The long corners of the two chests use a drawer-lock joint done on a router. They were glued together as one long box and then saw in half afterwards. I used band cramps and some long formers to apply the main pressure. The sash clamps are to true it up for squareness

The drawers and small internal boxes use mitre joints with splines for extra strength. On the drawers they are secret splines similar to the ones below on another current job.

They are somewhat easier than secret mitred dovetails!

On the drawers they are the more usual through splines. The boxes were then veneered and edge banded afterwards which hides the splines. I usually use plywood splines often with contrasting veneers if they are going to be seen – these aren’t.

I’ve found this little notched piece of wood below is excellent for making sure the splines fit tight. Tapping it with a hammer, is better than tapping the splines directly with a hammer which often breaks them off!!

The Furoshiki is a brocade fabric lined with silk, purchased from our local homes wares store (Spotlight). My ever patient wife said is was quite hard to sew due to the gold and silver threads in it. Though as ever she did an excellent job.

I’m particularly liking the use of stud-earrings as knobs at the moment. Check some more out here

They are amazing, and other stud earring options are endless.

Thanks again for looking.

-- Madburg WA

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#1 posted 06-09-2021 01:19 AM

Beautiful work.

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#2 posted 06-09-2021 03:11 AM

Thanks for the extra explanation, Martin!

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#3 posted 06-09-2021 03:55 AM

Happy to be back in school.

Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 06-09-2021 03:29 PM

Thanks for sharing the extra details. The earring idea is very interesting!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-13-2021 07:51 AM

Martin, you are very naughty! Because now I must attemt to emulate the Master. So many excellent ideas in this piece, and a number of great tips too. The alternating ebony stripe inlays are so cool, vertical one side, horizontal the other, I love that.

Also gonna look into the stud earring idea, that is brilliant.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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