Tag Archives: Design

HB Hobby Tansu #1-Part 5

Once more unto the breach…. In yesterday’s post I blathered on about how I had redesigned the scroll detail and how it was much better than the original iteration.  I went on to post drawings to back up my claims … Continue reading

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HB Hobby Tansu #1-Part 4

The more I looked at the scroll detail that I designed the less I liked it.  It’s still a viable pattern, but I don’t feel that it reflects the overall aesthetic that I’m going for.  It has more of a … Continue reading

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HB Hobby Tansu #1-Part 3

A trip to the Home Depot resulted in a decent haul.  After rooting thru the stacks of #2 mystery pine, I managed to pull out one 1x12x6′ and two 1x12x4′ boards that should yield all of the timber needed for … Continue reading

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HB Hobby Tansu #1-Part 2

The design drawings are complete and I believe that I have all of the joinery elements worked out.  As I said in Part 1, the joinery is fairly simple.  Consisting primarily of dados and finger joints. The overall proportional layout.

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HB Hobby Tansu #1-Part 1

I’m interested in several crafts/hobbies some of which can be practiced inside the house.  Drawing, knot tying, leather and canvas work being the primary examples.  My wife enjoys crafting quilts and there is always some general sewing task that needs to … Continue reading

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Japanese Toolbox-Progress 1A

Almost all of the drawings that I post here on my blog are based upon proportions.  I like using proportions because it makes scaling a project far easier.  I did the same with the Japanese Toolbox project.  I approached this … Continue reading

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Japanese Toolbox-Progress 1

Toshio Odate outlined the construction of a simple toolbox in his book, “Japanese Woodworking Tools:Their Tradition, Spirit and Use“.  It’s a simple affair nailed together with built-in handles at each end and an ingenious sliding lid.  An elegant and inexpensive solution … Continue reading

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HB Tansu #3-Progress 20-Complete

I’m calling it done! Over the last several days I have been adding the finishing touches to Hillbilly Tansu #3.  Primarily, the actual finish.   I used several coats of Tried & True Original which is a mixture of polymerised linseed … Continue reading

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HB Tansu #3-Progress 1

So the boy has decided that the tansu has some utility and has requested that I build one for him.  So I agreed.  Since he will be moving out in a few short years I thought an ultra-portable option would … Continue reading

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Chinese Gate Bench-Design Notes

I thought I would take some time and discuss a few key points pertaining to the structural design of the Chinese Gate Bench.  I designed this project from the ground up utilizing photos of antique benches and filling in the … Continue reading

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