By Desmond King

With a background relationship again approximately 1000 years, shoji—translucent paper-backed sliding doorways and screens—are as a lot part of jap lifestyles as sushi and sumo yet their good looks and grace can both be tailored to any Western home.
In their least difficult shape, shoji seem to be not more than a couple of items of wooden joined jointly and hooked up to a body with a few paper caught at the again. And this can be under no circumstances an misguided description. yet it’s how these items of wooden are joined jointly and the splendidly intricate styles they could make, how they mix into the helping framework, and the way they harmonize with the encircling decor are what make shoji so pleasing.

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0 mm half-lap joint in twelve pieces of kumiko roughly 55 mm long. The half-lap joint should be about 15 mm from one end. 4 mm half-lap joint 29 mm from the joint you just cut, as shown in Figure 34 (check the figure carefully). These are the E pieces, and they lock the top half of the pattern in place. Trim two A pieces to size, and position as shown in Figure 34 and the following photograph. [Fig-44] Position the two A pieces Trim the E piece as appropriate at both ends so that the fit provides sufficient tension to hold the two A pieces firmly in place.

The length can also be varied to your preference. Continue fitting the patterns until both panels are completed. [Fig-47] Panels completed Planing the rails and stiles The shoji frame is exactly the same as the frame in the standard shoji in Volume 1 and the kawarigumi shoji in Volume 2, so the processes detailed for those shoji apply here as well. Assembling the shoji Similarly, the processes detailed in assembling the standard shoji also apply to this shoji. Take care when tapping the stile into the rail tenons so that the pattern kumiko do not become detached.

5° trim and the 1/3 trim are on the same side. [Fig-52] Hinge piece dimensions Once you are satisfied with the 1/3:2/3 mix, add a dab of glue to the corners of the jigumi square and insert the hinge pieces. [Fig-53] Insert the hinge pieces As with the genkotsu type 1 asa-no-ha, trim both ends of the locking piece on the 45° jig to fit, and insert to secure the four hinge pieces in place. That completes one square. [Fig-54] Insert the locking piece Continue this… [Fig-55] Continue inserting hinge and locking pieces Until all hinges and locking pieces have been inserted and you have completed the project.

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