By Desmond King
With a heritage relationship again approximately 1000 years, shoji—translucent paper-backed sliding doorways and screens—are as a lot part of eastern existence as sushi and sumo yet their attractiveness and beauty can both be tailored to any Western home.
In their easiest shape, shoji seem to be not more than a number of items of wooden joined jointly and connected to a body with a few paper caught at the again. And this can be not at all an erroneous description. yet it’s how these items of wooden are joined jointly and the splendidly complicated styles they could make, how they mixture into the helping framework, and the way they harmonize with the encompassing decor are what make shoji so desirable.
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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. [Fig-45] Trim and insert the E piece You can trim either end first, whichever you prefer or find easier. [Fig-46] Ensure the fit is tight All that is left is now to cut and fit the F pieces. 4 mm, then trim each end so that it extends about 5 mm past the edge of the joint (length of about 14 mm).
5 mm. Place all horizontal kumiko (kumiko 1–6) in the kumiko cutting jig and cut joints A–G. Remove kumiko 1 and 6, leaving kumiko 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the jig, and cut joints b1, c1, d1, e1 and f1. Next place all vertical kumiko (kumiko A–G) in the kumiko cutting jig and cut joints 1–6. Remove kumiko A and G, leaving kumiko B, C, D, E and F in the jig, and cut joints 2a, 3a, 4a and 5a. This completes the jigumi cuts, and your kumiko should look like this. [Fig-74] Your kumiko should look like this Next the pattern kumiko.
Fig-63] Pattern kumiko dimensions You will also notice that there are shorter kumiko for both types. These pieces are trimmed to fit against the outer jigumi kumiko. Using the story stick with the pattern marks, cut twelve horizontal and twelve vertical pattern kumiko with three joints. Make sure there is sufficient space between the kumiko for the 8 mm or 5 mm extensions. Next cut eight each of the shorter horizontal and vertical pattern kumiko with two joints. Make sure there is sufficient space for the single 8 mm or 5 mm extension at one end, and sufficient space at the other end to trim to fit against the outer jigumi kumiko.