Saturday, March 7, 2015

Gateway (63)

Post 63 in an ongoing series describing the design and construction of a kabukimon, a type of Japanese gate. This is a project for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 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 to be found in the 'Blog archive' index to the right of the page.


Had a slight setback the other day in cleaning out the mortises, where I remembered a number incorrectly and that left the mortises on the side door stiles for the rails over dimension. So, I had to make up a couple of new stiles.

Anyway, after the 'one step forward, two steps back' routine, I was making progress again today. Managed to fit the rails and battens to the left hand door stile. He is one of the mortises for the bottom rail after cut is complete:

Fitting up:

A view of the half-way mark in this fitting process:

A look at one of the mitered abutments on a rail-stile join:

Here's the other one:

This shows the inside face of the door, where the battens meet the stile:

The batten faces are offset from the stile's inner face by 3mm or so, which I will likely increase to 5mm so that I can chamfer the inner arris of the stile a little more:

Getting there....

Thanks for visiting the Carpentry Way. Post 64 is on deck.


  1. Chris, it would be good to have a post specifically on your tools for laying out the lines and making pencil marks. Of course, get your work on this gig done first!

    1. Tico,

      thanks for the suggestion. I certainly make use of a wide variety of layout tools, so that would be worth a posting at some point.


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    1. Paul,

      It certainly wasn't the start to the day that I was looking for. At least the mistake was cleanly cut, and thoroughly done, as I had completed all the mortises before noticing the issue.



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