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Skill Set: Making A Butterfly Spline (Or “Arikata”)

Skill Set: Making A Butterfly Spline (Or “Arikata”)
For our Woodworking Skill Set theme, we asked MAKE contributor Len Cullum to contribute some pieces on understanding basic tools and techniques. Here, he presses into service some of the tools covered in previous articles. — Gareth Now that we’ve skimmed the surface of woodworking tools, perhaps we should put some of them to work. Below, we’ll outline the process for making the butterfly spline, known in Japanese as “arikata.” When working with wider, thicker slabs of wood, it is not uncommon to have checking (cracks) in the surface, particularly at the ends. What We’ll Be Using: Cracked piece – Port Orford CedarSpline piece – 1″ x 2″ x 3/8″ cherrySharp chisels – 1/2″ and 1″Marking knifeSharp PencilRouter with 1/4″ straight bitAdjustable squareAngle gaugeHammerGlue and brush The first thing you will want to determine is how many splines you need. Start with making the spline. Once the spline is cut, determine its position along the check. If the fit is good, carefully pull it out. Related

Block Plane Basics More and more woodworkers are bringing power jointers and planers into their shops, often pushing hand planes into dusty corners. But a plain old plane still comes in handy, even in the most up-to-the-minute shop. Here's one of the handiest: the block plane. (1) Compact and versatile, block planes, such as the low-angle one (left) and the standard version (right), belong in any woodworking shop. A sharp, properly adjusted hand plane allows a woodworker to peel a whisper-thin shaving from wood while leaving a surface of unsurpassed quality. Using a block plane feels almost natural--and very craftsmanlike. What can a block plane do? A block plane handles many tasks, including some that would be difficult or unsafe to perform with power tools. (2) The compact block plane fits your hand comfortably, making it easy to use. Erase mill marks. (3) Clamp the block plane upside down in a vise to plane tiny or hard-to-hold pieces. Bevel an edge. Fit doors and other parts. A low blade makes it small

The 360 House in Madrid by Subarquitectura & Yanko Design - StumbleUpon Loopy Home This stunning architectural piece called the 360 House in Madrid, Spain eschews standard conformity by looping in on itself. The roof is at once protective and accessible as a walkway. Of course this means that almost no wall inside is flat but I suspect interior designers are up for a new challenge nowadays. Congrats to Andrés Silanes, Fernando Valderrama and Carlos Bañón. We must visit this house! Designer: Subarquitectura Fascinating Lamps by Calabarte | Pondly Calabarte is the pseudonym of a Polish artist named Przemek Krawczynski, whose art takes on a peculiar but incredibly beautiful form: cool lamps. The name itself is a portmanteau of two words – art (obviously), and calabash, the fruit that carries his imagination. The calabash is a bottle gourd originating in India, although Calabarte gets his supply from Senegal. Due to ancient domestication and usage, the bottle gourd has an incredibly tough outer shell. Due to the combination of dark, thick material with a light source within, the primary art of his work, however, shines in the dark. Hard work, beauty, an exceptional degree of detail and a marriage between mathematical geometry and a rampant imagination – all imprinted onto the husk of a Senegal calabash. Described as the art of light, Calabarte’s artistic tendencies truly took off in 2009, when he made his first gourd lamp, by chance of coming across a calabash. Website

Miter Joint Corner Clamp Gluing a miter joint is a challenge . There just isn't an easy way to clamp it. The store-bought clamps I've tried in the past didn't always pull the joint together. Looking at the photo at the right and drawing below, you can see that this corner clamp uses a piece of plywood as a base. What's important here is that the inside corner of the square block is exactly 90°. A pair of wedges sized to fit between the workpiece and the cleat does all the work. Bates Masi Architects - Portfolio - StumbleUpon Profile Bates Masi + Architects LLC, a full-service architectural firm with roots in New York City and the East End of Long Island for over 50 years, responds to each project with extensive research in related architectural fields, material, craft and environment for unique solutions as varied as the individuals or groups for whom they are designed. The focus is neither the size nor the type of project but the opportunity to enrich lives and enhance the environment. The attention to all elements of design has been a constant in the firm’s philosophy. Projects include urban and suburban residences, schools, offices, hotels, restaurants, retail and furniture in the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. The firm has received 94 design awards since 2003 and has been featured in national and international publications including The New York Times, New York Magazine, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, and Dwell.

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Tangga House by Guz Architects | HomeDSGN, a daily source for inspiration and fresh ideas on interior design and home decoration. - StumbleUpon By Eric • Mar 23, 2011 • Selected Work The Tangga House is another Singapore’s dream home designed by Guz Architects. Completed in 2009, the 7,663 square foot residence is located in Holland Village, an elite district of Singapore that is famous amongst the expatriate community. The luxury single-family home gives the owners the opportunity to live in harmony and comfort with nature, in Singapore’s hot tropical climate. Tangga House by Guz Architects: “The house is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional courtyard house, laid out around a central green courtyard with a double height stair and entry area forming the focal point of the project. The L-shaped plan creates open spaces which encourage natural ventilation and offer resident’s views over the courtyard to the veranda, roof gardens and beyond. The large roof above the courtyard creates an indoor and outdoor space leading to the gardens and swimming pool which wraps around two sides of the house. Photos by: Patrick Bingham-Hall

Hand Cut Double Dovetail Experiment - by Woodhacker After admiring the double and double-double dovetail joints that are capable with the Incra and other jigs, I started thinking, “Why not try this by hand?” So this box is my first experiment with handcut double dovetails. It took me some time to figure out the joinery process, but once I realized a few things about this type of joint, it seemed do-able. It was quite challenging but also a ton of fun. In this blog, I’m focusing on the sides of the box, but here’s a few pictures of the nearly completed box - Materials.For this box’s sides I used three types of primary contrasting woods, although there is no real reason to do so. The picture below shows the rabbet joint cut on each end of each side – I set the rabbet depth at 1/8” and cut it on my router table. Below is a top-view picture of the pieces in relation to each other once they become integral to the box. The close-up below shows in more detail. The Tails.Most often I cut my tails first, pins second. Ready for pins – At last!

Kubb Kubbspel Contruction Game Plans - How to make Pictured in the table above are the four types of wooden pieces you will need to play Kubb. Kubb is played with one king, ten kubbs, six throwing batons ( dowels ) and four markers. Some Tips, Before You Get Started Use a hard wood. The King The King is 4x4x16 inches. 4x4 is a standard size for wood and can be found at most hardware stores. You can go as simple or elegant as you wish with this part. The Kubbs The Kubbs are 3x3x8 inches. The Throwing Batons ( dowels ) The batons are 1.75 inches in diameter and 12 inches long. The Markers The markers are just sticks of wood that you will be driving into the ground. Round off all the edges of your parts to reduce the possibility of slivers and enhance their appearance.

Gothic Architecture Pictures - stock photos and fine art prints - StumbleUpon All text and pictures © QT Luong. See conditions for use of pictures. There are 28 pictures on this page out of 228 pictures of Gothic Architecture. The DIY $20 brake bleeder The $20 DIY Brake Pressure Bleeder You've heard me extol the songs of brakes and brake fluid, and how its important to change it every two years. I'd like to take credit for this idea, but I got it from this page. - Here's another one too. And his idea was good. Look, here's the same thing I made for less money.... wow $114.99 LESS!!! You'll need some basic hand tools and a Dremel with a stone cone-shaped bit or a drill and a set of bits. You'll want to use a NEW sprayer tank, don't go grabbing whatever you see in the shed, or was used last summer to kill weeds. This pressure bleeder will (like all of them) will fill your master cylinder up to the very top. last wheel your bleeding, to close the pressure line on the bleeder with the switch on the handle of the tank, and then vent the pressure in the tank. This little ditty will work wonders for your VW's brakes, or hydraulic clutch on your VR6 or Vanagon.. well, just about any European car! Home

Template Cutting with a Jig Saw & Woodsmith Tips It’s much easier to rough cut large pieces using a jig saw. The trouble is trying to stay close to the layout lines. To make things a little easier, I came up with a way to guide the saw along a template (photo below). The guide is nothing more than a ¼" plywood base with narrow sides that cradle the saw foot. To use the guide, I steer the jig saw with one hand and place the other hand on the base to keep the guide pin in contact with the template.