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Beginner's Guide to Japanese Joinery: Make Japanese Joints in 8 Steps with Minimal Tools

Beginner's Guide to Japanese Joinery: Make Japanese Joints in 8 Steps with Minimal Tools

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Izuhara, Jin (Author)

If you want to make japanese joints, without spending money on expensive tools then read on...

 Are you a weekend carpenter that wants to make traditional japanese joints?

Do you want to apply Japanese ingenuity of design to everyday furniture and give them a special character?

Do you want to do so without spending a lot of time or money?

For centuries before the invention of screws and fasteners, Japanese craftsmen used complex, interlocking joints to connect pieces of wood for structures and beams, helping to create a unique Japanese aesthetic that can still be seen in the works of modern masters like Shigeru Ban.

Up until recent times, however, these techniques were often the carefully guarded secrets of family carpentry guilds and unavailable for public knowledge.

Let this book teach you the secrets from an era when craftsmanship mattered, prior to the industrial revolution and mass production of "things".

 Inside this book you'll discover:

    • How to make your own japanase joints in 8 steps
    • The #1 Japanese wood you should use to make joints
    • The top 5 tools you need to get started with most Japanese joints
    • The secret behind how Japanese joinery is used to construct buildings that have stood for hundreds of years
    • 8 Traditional joints and 3 beginner friendly projects

Here are the answers to some questions you might have about this book:

 Q: I'm just a woodworker with a wood shop in my garage, and I don't want to splurge on expensive tools just for making japanese joints. Can I still make the joints given inside your book?

 A: Absolutely, this book is designed for the weekend woodworker and enthusiast!

 While we still recommend a few tools that are cheap but absolutely key when making japanese joints, we have omitted the joints that require any type of expensive tools from this guide.

There also certain joints that don't require any specialized tools. So, you don't need to spend extra if you don't really want to.

 Q: Can japanese joints really improve regular objects (like chairs and other furniture) that I already know how to make?

 A: Yes. The special characteristics of Japanese joints are diverse.

 Their utility can be found in making flexible yet strong houses in earthquake-prone Japan.

 They are also useful in building recording-studios where sound-transmission through joist-conduction must be minimized.

 There also certain joints that don't even need nails to make!

 The addition of japanese joints in your own designs will incorporate one or more of these charateristics to your furniture.

We also have short guide on adapting these joints into your own designs, so you never get lost trying to make sense of it all.

Q: Are the pictures in your book color or b/w?

A: The pictures inside this book are b/w, meant to show clearly the intricacies of the joints.

 Every day that you delay is another day you miss the opportunity to use this magnificient japanese craft to make your woodworking projects a notch above everything else.

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