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Gateway (66)

Post 66 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.


Today was a day of going slightly batty about battens:

An end view showing the connection more clearly:

It seemed like a suitable point to record a short video of some of the assembly process:

Done - in the sense of, 'these aren't coming apart again':

It has to be handled very carefully, due to the susceptibility of POC to dent at the slightest provocation.

A look at the face of the door panel assembly:

There are decorative domed nails - chi-chi kanamono - to go on the front yet. They are unnecessary for any fastening purpose, however they are going on in an effort to maintain a continuity of aesthetic to the old gate's paneled areas. On the old gate, mind you, the decorative nails were in fact concealing Phillip's head screws, as there was no dovetail connection between the battens and panels. I have no further comment about that.

The upper and lower rails of the door are ready to be attached, however the stiles needed some more work yet, especially the left side stile which accepts the hinges. This was a tricky bit of work but came out well:

I found that a piece of 1/2" copper pipe fit the hinge socket perfectly, which allowed me to gauge the alignment of the hinge leaf in two axes once it is inserted into its decidedly odd-shape mortise:

A view down the fixing pin hole for the hinge shows a slight drawbore present, which is just what I was after:

Then a look at how the decorative hinge plates would mount:

As these plates have a 90˚ inner arris where they fold around the inside front arris of the stile, I had to terminate the chamfering of the stile adjacent to the hinge plate, otherwise there would be a gap, which would look bad and be a place to trap dirt and moisture:

I could trim these transitions more squarely, though the gradual transition from sharp corner to 45˚ arris makes the most sense to me. May change my mind on that detail - I'll assess later on when the door is all together.

I think these hinge plates look pretty nice against the planed POC:

That's it for today's news. Tomorrow should see me through the completion of the final assembly of the side door and a good amount of progress on the main doors.

Thanks for visiting the Carpentry Way. Post 67 is up next.