Greensboro, NC, US
Nice slabs curves and mix of materials, and yes the staircase is awesome, Thanks for sharing your work.
Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit and Use by Toshio Odate is one of the few comprehensive English language texts on the subject. This work is replete with clear descriptions of a wide range of tools, from marking to sharpening including tangible information on their set-up and use. Woven into the text is a rich narrative of personal experiences as an apprentice and in later life, which illuminate the values and spirit of the shokunin, approach to their work and respect for the tools.
Although nothing presented here needs to be exclusively done with Japanese tools, probably 95% of my hand tools are. The last 5% is just a matter of time, well and money.
A kibiki is a marking gauge that is equipped with a small marking knife for scoring the line. A ryoba is a two bladed saw. One edge is set with rip teeth and the other crosscut teeth. Nomi are chisels. Hiraganna are smoothing planes. Typical or standard Japanese smoothing planes are 70mm. I like the feel of 65mm kanna. In hardwoods opting for narrower planes make the pulling of shavings a bit easier.
As far as saws are concerned there are several considerations. For saws other than replaceable blade types, blade length corresponds to teeth size. With replaceable blade saws most manufacturers offer several blade configurations for their main saw lengths.
If you are interested in learning more, Toshio Odate has a comprehensive book on the topic.
I appreciate the proof reading. I would agree there were a few too many typo's.
As far as the cost and values of various tools is concerned. Everyone needs to determine what works best for themselves. I am drawn to use Japanese tools for a variety of reasons. As a professional artisan I am inspired to strive to work to the best of my abilities when using a fine hand made tool. Beyond that I like the idea of supporting craftsmen that still make tools in much the same way as they have for ages.
Japanese tools are available in a wide variety of qualities and prices. Many production made tools, especially replaceable blade saws, function just fine. On the other end of the spectrum are tools that are highly valued because the maker is renowned and or retired. However, as is true of many things, the price of most Japanese woodworking tools is driven by quality which includes the quality of steel, skill of the blacksmith and sophistication of design and execution.
Good Point on the title, I do build using a combinations of machines and hand tools. However in this posting I am only covering the hand tool processes.
I don't worry about grit from my drum sander. I by a good grade of belts and after a little use they don't seem to leave much behind. Besides after the initial planing passes the wood is cleaned up.
Normally I create tenons with a dado head on a table saw fitted with a sliding table. However I have used the featured method occasionally to make a tenon or two that got left out of a batch run. BUT tenoning often has to happen on many parts and sometimes on a larger more cumbersome piece than is shown in video. If this method is widely used hands will slip and fingers will be lost.
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