Right, so here's my hole for the sashi-sen (Did I write that correctly? Probably not!). I really did no thinking, just went with what my soul told me to do. I did know it was supposed to be tapered, and roughly shaped like a parallelogram.
So, I went at it with more split pine, and hammered it in. This side, I used oak for the dovetail...
It got me thinking. Is pine a bad choice for the tapered key? Pine compresses really easily, that may be good or bad...
The joint is still loose. The key did tighten it up, just not as tight as a set of dovetails or the...hold on... sumitome hozo sashi. I feel like if I wasn't so lazy, and had flattened the hickory instead of working from it's riven state, the joint would've been much tighter.
anyways, I cut the key flush then left the dovetail portruding from the tenon. I just wanted a quick and dirty canoe carrier before more rain comes.
And here it is in action! They came out nicely: I wanted plain, rustic carriers. Probably will have to slather some polyurethane on them, at least on the bottom: The humidity around here rots exposed wood in weeks.
I got my 75mm feather edge file today: For some reason, one side is completely smooth from what I can tell...no teeth or anything. Surprisingly, it cuts extremely fast: I cut two rip teeth in four passes in scrap steel, the same steel I cut the profiles of my saw files in. My 100mm file didn't cut so well. I really want to get some nice thin O1 or W1 steel and make my own dozuki, or a really fine toothed kataba now.
First, I have to clear the wood; my dad thinks we may need to rent a chain saw. Some branches are easily two feet thick. Couldn't do any forging today, we had to move the firepit and the forge to trim the tree. I did get a nice 2" thick maple slice that I will use to sit on when forging. I'm just going to push a sledgehammer head into the ground for now, until I get a nice railroad track. I'm still wondering whether I should mount the track vertical for the most weight, or mount it horizontally for the most surface area.
Oh, and if this post wasn't long enough...
Project Mayhem #4
This one I can see my self using...A nice hidden tenon. It was either this or this one:
Think the top one will do nicely. Challenging yourself is what this is all about, isn't it?
First things first, gotta make a mini-free library.