I am navigating the wonderful world of Japanese joinery, thanks to my teacher: Jay van Arsdale. He has said, “We’re not here to make anything perfect. We’re here to make mistakes and learn from them.” (which happens to be something I’m good at!!) This is my first wood class ever.
ready to work now.
more cracking– bad!
nailed in too close to the edge can cause cracks.
supporting the drawer with my leg
note the gap. I haven’t figured out why this happened or how to fix it, but it was already 11 pm, so i stopped.
you can see it’s a bit off.
The sawing job is still uneven, especially at the shoulders.
i didn’t saw it all to the bottom of the shoulder.
sawed too much on this one.
i had a bad feeling about this.
imperfect chiseling job
this is the idea.
marked the waste
I got the pen Jay recommended, but see how I made mistakes and I can’t erase them!
seems like even making a line with a ruler is hard!
the dot reminds me that to chisel this out differently
my first bird’s mouth joint
my first mortise and tenon
my first compound joint
my first bridle joint
my first lap joint