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Project by Dark_Lightning posted 07-18-2021 12:12 AM 953 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first kumiko project. Basswood with a 1” square poplar dowel for the frame. I bought Matt Kenney’s book and made jigs from some red oak I had kicking around. I bought 3/16” X 3/4” basswood strips from a vendor, figuring to save time and money. That was my first mistake. I bought plenty so that I only paid shipping once. They advertise a tolerance which I figured I could live with. Didn’t matter anyway, since my flat top rip blade is .140”, so through the drum sander they went…all 50 four-foot sticks! This is comprised of 266 pieces of wood, so lots of cutting! Not something I’d do for a living. The table saw was used to rough the length of the small pieces, as I’m more interested in progress than process for lots of little pieces. Cutting all the little pieces to shape in the jigs is about as Zen as I’ll ever get. I purchased the wood before I got the book, so discovered that he uses 3/8” stock instead of 3/4”. So, it’s pretty thick. I have yet to put a cloth back on it like MR Kenney suggests. We’ll see how that goes, or if I actually do that.

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





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#1 posted 07-18-2021 12:34 AM

That looks neat lightning...

My eye calipers measure that as 1’ x 1’... so all you need is another 23 of these to make up a reasonable screen/divider… get cutting bud!
You may need the backing if you wanna use it as a shower screen… but then again?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 07-18-2021 12:38 AM

Thanks! It’s 12-7/8” square. Ain’t going anywhere near a shower with it, though! Now, my wife has quilts hanging all over the house, so it’s going to be interesting finding a place to hang it.

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

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#3 posted 07-18-2021 12:43 AM

Very nice work. Lots of small angle cuts. Fitting of all the pieces looks good.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 07-18-2021 01:10 AM

Nicely done

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 07-18-2021 01:16 AM

Thanks, guys! The cutting isn’t too tough, once the jigs are set for the length. It’s just a lot of them.

ETA- this took about 1/3 of the 200 feet of sticks I bought.

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

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#6 posted 07-18-2021 01:44 AM

It’s pretty-looking, even if it’s thicker than ideal. Nicely done for your first try!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 07-18-2021 01:49 AM

Thanks! One thing about a thicker panel, any errors in cutting the pieces to length, and the angles on the end, if off slightly, will be exaggerated, compared to the narrower strips. I tossed a lot of pieces (and the shavings) in my front planter, which is covered with wood chips (not from my projects, lol) around the drought tolerant plants. I’m thinking that it’s deep enough that any material applied to the back may be shadowed. Lesson learned. Now, I have another 120 or so feet to cut into narrower strips.

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

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#8 posted 07-18-2021 02:31 AM



Thanks, guys! The cutting isn t too tough, once the jigs are set for the length. It s just a lot of them.
- Dark_Lightning

Should have used the photo copier… a tad quicker.

And I should have had my eye caliper re-calibrated or worn my glasses.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 07-18-2021 04:21 AM

Looks beautiful. Wayyyyyy too many tiny cuts for me though.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 07-18-2021 10:03 AM

That is beautiful! A lot of work too!

-- Petey

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#11 posted 07-18-2021 11:42 AM

Nice. You got way farther than I did. I made the jigs and cut just enough strips from the piece of basswood I had on hand to try the technique. One of these days I will actually make a complete panel but I have not found a project I want to actually use the panel in yet.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 07-18-2021 02:06 PM

Thanks, guys! Nathan, this is going on the wall as “art”.

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

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#13 posted 07-18-2021 02:24 PM

That is something I’ve always wanted to try, except for the grueling grunt work, thanks for allaying my dred for that part! 8^)

I admire your efforts, looks like a success to me! I always figured they would make excellent doors for a small cabinet.
Worth the effort Steven, You have enough left overs to do several more projects!

What glue did you use for assembly?

I’d probably waste a few days just figuring out a jig to make cuts for all the pieces at the same time, of course I can guess that there is a lot of hand fitting involved

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#14 posted 07-18-2021 02:41 PM

Well done!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#15 posted 07-18-2021 04:41 PM

Thanks, guys! Splintergroup, it’s friction fit. Some pieces popped loose while I was sanding the front, and I had to make some tighter fitting pieces. We’re talking ~.005” longer. If I were to make cabinet doors, I’d glue the pieces for certain, since the opening and closing would eventually knock pieces loose. Once you get the rhythm, it goes more quickly than you might expect. I really did think about making a jig to run the pieces through the table saw or maybe on the router table. One of the nice things about cutting the small pieces by hand is that it’s just you, the wood, and a SHARP chisel. lol I have an old 1” Stanley bench chisel that is sharp enough to shave with. It just needed a quick touch-up on the WS3000 once in awhile. NB- if you do this, and make the jigs, I’d recommend making them more than 1-7/8” wide like Matt Kenney’s. It will be a lot more stable, and you’ll have more surface to lay the chisel on. I made six jigs, since it’s only a little more labor than making two once you’re set up, and I have my eye on a hexagonal pattern which doesn’t use 22.5º, 45º or 67.5º cuts on the pieces.

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

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