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Old 02-26-2013, 09:27 PM   #7426
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Keith,

Glad to hear that you're on the mend. I last wrote in 2011, but know I've had the thread up in my browser for 18 months now. The house looks great and I can't wait to see what's next.

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I am a newbie here and so much like your things...
Ooops...I see I managed to miss your post. Sorry about that.

Thankyou and welcome to the thread.
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Keith,

Glad to hear that you're on the mend. I last wrote in 2011, but know I've had the thread up in my browser for 18 months now. The house looks great and I can't wait to see what's next.

Feel better,
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Thanks John. Starting to feel quite a bit better now, so the worst is definitely over.

Not much in the way of excitement here, mainly due to not being well, but also the crummy weather.

I have a bit done on some Shoji screens I'm attempting to make and getting close to finishing the new water tank to replace the old rotted one. I really must see if I can get a pic or two up.
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I could not agree with you more Keith. My concern is that the mix of a Japanese theme with G+G might not be a good one. If it was done well enough it just might be pulled off. When one looks at ancient oriental structures one can see the G+G peg style on doors and buildings, but would that be enough to tie it all together? Not too sure about it, and once it was finished it's a little too late to change things.
I should have replied to this before Fix...but I have a hunch that both Greene and Greene and Frank Lloyd Wright were influenced by Japanese design. FLLW spent some time over in Japan when he was designing the hotel, and he also had a large collection of Japanese prints.

Both the aforementioned architects had similarities in style back in the day, and it seems to me that a Sukiya style roof might go very well with your gate. If not the curved style, then I definitely think the square style would be a good match.

I did a little looking on the big G, and there's hundreds of great pics available.
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Gad to hear you are doing better, being ill is never fun. I have just about finished the second gate. I have just done some of the glue-up and will be posting a pic of it when done. I am going to stain the gates a little darker than the fence. I will be taking your advise on the waterproofing of the gates as well as a Japanese theme over one of the gates, although it will have to be subtle in appearance. It should all blend together quite nicely since the house is a sage green in colour. On a brighter note my (1500) bulbs that I planted in fall are starting to come up, beginning to look nice out there. I think that is enough of a highjack from me. Thanks again Keith.
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The Shoji screens, which will go in front of the closet in the MBR will be about 3 feet by 6 feet, so quite large.

I have the wood cut, and it is now a matter of figuring out how to cut all the joints. At first I tried cutting by hand, using an extremely fine cut Japanese saw and chisel.

After doing just a couple of cuts I decided that if I wanted to finish the joints this year, a faster method was in order. Here's the hand cut version.
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Then it became a game of trial and error - heavy on the error - using the dado blade in the table saw.

A difference of just 1/100" in cut width makes all the difference between a tight joint and one that is sloppy. Once the width of the cut is established, then the depth of cut comes into play. Here again, the most minute difference makes the difference between a good fit and one that looks way off.

I made many attempts to get this dead on, and the last one is on the right side of the pic here. It's OK.
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The screen design is going to need a whole lot of cross pieces, called kumiko, and this is what will go into the 6 screens.
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The other side of the coin will be all the long kumiko and the wood for the frames.
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Once the dado blade was set, I didn't want to move it until after all the joints were cut. Mainly because the chances of getting it perfect again were probably pretty remote.

So the first thing I did was to cut the joints on the short kumiko. Basically no trouble there, as the wood was less than 36"long. No pic of that I'm afraid. Sorry about that.

Then it was on to the long wood. There needed to be some way of preventing the pieces from moving in relation to each other once I had made the initial cut. It turned out that just putting a dummy piece into the first notches worked a treat. And providing that I had marked out the cut lines correctly, everything should fit properly.

So, what I did was to gang cut the long kumiko in groups of 6, which - in theory at least - should keep any errors to a minimum.
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As you can see in the previous pic, the joints are cut on alternating sides of the kumiko as you progress from one end to the other.

But for some of us old guys with crummy memories, either that or a short attention span, Murphy managed to arrive just in time to screw things up.

Six pieces of long kumiko shot to hell when I managed to put two adjoining cuts on the same side. Didn't make that mistake twice I can tell you. I did salvage the good end to make some extra short pieces from, so it wasn't a total loss.
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Other than the screens, I need to get one of the old wood water tanks replaced soon in order to have enough water for the garden this year.

One half of the original pair of tanks has been demolished and the junk all burned on the bonfire. That was quite a job all by itself. Now the new tank is being assembled from the 14 panels which I made up last year.

Here's the first 10 sections in place...still some of the ground needs to be dug out and leveled off to finish the new tank. It looks like the weather just might be co-operating today so it can be done.
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Man, that makes me tired just watching you work Keith, that is a lot of close cutting buddy, I know it is going to look great.
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Say something Keith, speak to me, are you there? Good grief talk about fouling things up, I just banned Keith, talk to me buddy, are ya back yet?

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