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  1. Baltic Birch Japanese Tatami Bed.

    When our daughters got older, we had to build a king-sized custom bed. Most beds we saw were too "platform" like, which sat too close to the floor. So we decided to make ours about 12.5" high to allow for extra storage beneath. If you don't want the storage, make the legs shorter! We used...
  2. Japanese Planing Beam (Modified!)

    If you prefer not to read, the video is here. Complete with a bevy of mistakes and tomfoolery. View on YouTube So with the limited space I have I've found it difficult to have a good size work bench. So I endeavored to find a way to get the maximum amount of versatility and work space with...
  3. A Giant Japanese Planing Board

    If you prefer not to read, the video is here. View on YouTube Not too long ago I made myself a small planing board. It was good but I have since outgrown it and I needed something bigger and wider to work with larger panels and larger projects. So for this I decided to try something I hadn't...
  4. The Shamisen Bass

    Before you ask, the only reason for 2 strings is because I only had 2 tuning machines. If you prefer not to read, the video is here View on YouTube Just FYI these pics are slightly out of order. This project was something I had had in mind for some time. I hadn't played bass in about 8...
  5. The Yokozuna Chest!

    If you prefer not to read, the video is here: View on YouTube This project was a BIG one for my little space. There were a few reasons I wanted to build something like this was two fold. I needed some more storage for things like shoes/clothing in my apartment and such but I also wanted to...
  6. Asa-no-ha Kumiko Squares for my girls

    My first (and second) Kumiko (Asa-No-Ha) Squares (4" x 4") for my girls. I showed my first kumiko square to my two year old and she promptly declared that it was now hers. My older daughter saw it and wanted one too with a purpleheart frame. I really enjoy woodworking because I feel like there...
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    Playing with a Takumi Sumisashi I've been taking Jay van Arsdale's class on Japanese woodworking, and one big theme in the class is to trust your layout lines. I'd been using an ink Precise pen for my layouts, but the tip kept getting distorted after a day's use. This was probably because of my...
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    First impressions of tuning and using a kanna So my first kanna just arrived all the way from Japan. A Koyama brand (intro level plane) I got from toolsfromjapan. After reading and watching all the articles and videos I could find, I've been tweeking it and practicing all week. Conclusion...
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    The end of my semester of Japanese Woodworking On Saturday, I had my last session of Introduction to Japanese Woodworking at Laney College in Oakland, CA. It's taught by Jay Van Arsdale, an active woodworker working professionally in the Japanese style in the bay area since the 1970's and the...
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    Amazing Japanese Woodworking Parquetry Video A friend recently sent this amazing video to me, which blew my mind. This Japanese hand tool woodworker, Noboru Honma, uses traditional woodworking hand tools to create paper-thin end grain shavings with decorative parquet shapes. I hope you enjoy...
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    Restoring The Machine Plow Plane (Kikai Shakuri Kanna) View on YouTube If you haven't noticed I am a big fan of the Japanese methods and thoughts behind woodworking. And as such I do alot of reading on the topic and ever since I saw a drawing of one of these planes in Toshio Odate's book on...
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    A Look at a Mini Kanna I have very few tools. In keeping with my living space but also in keeping with my belief that skills should surpass the tools that are used. In my mind it makes more sense to be able to make your own tools. So I was attracted to the Japanese thoughts of minimalism in...
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