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Making simple joints on Japanese Floor Horses

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Fri 20th Nov 2020

I'm experimenting with working on the floor using Japanese methods, using hand tools, which I have always used.

I needed to make some simple dowel joints on a case for some Adana Letterpress Type, and I made some trial Japanese Floor Horses a few weeks ago, so decided to try them out, and am pleased with how it worked - previously I'd done this standing at a European style bench.

It helps that I don't use machines, otherwise this may not be possible.

Making the Joints

Here are some photos of how it went.

Setting it up
Setting it up - horses at base, pieces clamped to top, with simple vice attached to top and a board laid across timbers at back to put things on. Really quite simple but it so far works for me

Drilling - I do like the fact that I am more over the work, I never expected it to be comfortable but it is surprisingly so

Measuring up
Measuring up

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