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Gateway (29)

Post 29 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.


Took the nose pieces out of the 'oven' first thing to see how the umeki work came out:

I think these will suffice:

The light made the camera work tricky - I can't claim success in that regard:

There's a patch in there somewhere.

Cleaned the surface up a bit with the plane:

The rest of the day was consumed with the tenons on the main crossbeam, or kabuki. Here, I'm getting close to the conclusion of the work on the tenon cheeks:

The Kiyohisa plane is fast becoming one of my favorites:

The beam sitting in the orientation it will take in the structure - just the lower edge of the tenon remains to be taken to the line, and the kerfs will require patching of course:

The fact that the tenons are non-centered complicated the cut out a little bit.

A closer look at one near-complete tenon:

The tenon end remains about an inch long at this stage. These are long tenons!

The shop was a mess so the last hour of my day involved the broom and the dust collector.

All for today. Thanks for dropping by the Carpentry Way. On to post 30 if you like.