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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 05-29-2018 04:42 AM 717 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-29-2018 04:42 AM

I’m building a Japanese lantern and want to have a fairly simple Rectangular kumiko pattern for the sides, with paper backing.

The strips for the kumiko are 1/8” wide and 5/8” deep. Joining the vertical “spine” to the horizontals is easy with half laps. Less obvious is how to connect the ends of these pieces to a rectangular “frame” around the whole thing. Ideas?

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#1 posted 05-29-2018 04:44 AM

To add, the sides can’t extend past the frame as that will be compression fitted into the frame of the lantern.

Basically the kumiko should look like a 2 column, 5 row spreadsheet. I don’t know how to create the outside border of the “table.”

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#2 posted 05-29-2018 04:50 AM

Extend the pieces and once the glue dries, cut them off. You can add mitered frame if you wish. I haven’t done it yet but that’s my plan for an upcoming cabinet, based on a video by Young Je.

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