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Gateway (28)

Post 28 in an ongoing series describing the design and construction of a kabukimon, a type of Japanese gate. Post 1 in this series can be found here if you'd like to start at the beginning. Each post links to the next at the bottom of the page. Recent installments also located in the 'Blog archive' index to the right of the page.


After several hours of sharpening this morning, I ventured over to the shop. For some reason the electric blanket was no longer on - not sure why it had turned off as it had power. Anyway, the small umeki strip I fitted in between the mortises for the main crossbeam, kabuki, and the decorative flanking beams, kasagi, came out acceptably:

A closer look:

The other bit of patching I did yesterday, to the other nose piece's side face, came out well I thought:

Another view:

Back to the posts. With the patching work for the area out of the way, I could lay out and mortise for the kasagi:

In case you are wondering what the heck the kasagi are, here are the parts (in red) to which I am referring):

A closer look at that mortise:

There are two stub tenon mortises, and in the middle is the start of a mortise for a sliding hammerhead key. That mortise will be elongated later on. I'm waiting on the tooling.

The other post mortise for the kasagi came out similarly:

Then there was the other nose piece with the bowed kerf which I repaired yesterday:

It didn't come out as I would have liked. The kerf sidewalls were simply not even enough, even with a wedge-shaped insert strip driven in, to obtain clean join lines:

Another area with the same issue -excuse the blurry close-up attempt:

One step forward, two back. The good news is that it is relatively easy to correct such issues in patching the sewari. I milled the grooves this time, using two settings of a straight guide edge to guide the router, so the kerf has gone from bowed to being two straight runs with a slight kink:

I put that puppy in the oven (the shop washroom with the little heater, I mean) and am expecting a better result tomorrow.

All for now - thanks for dropping by and visiting. Now for post 29