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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 Related:  techniquesWoodwork

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

TetraBox Light by Ed Chew Liquid to Light Designer Ed Chew takes a green step in the right direction with the TetraBox lamp, a light object made from discarded drink packets that would have otherwise ended up in landfills already packed to the brim. The design is achieved by unfolding the packets and refolding them into hexagonal and pentagonal sections that are then pieced together to form a geodesic sphere or any other desired shape. Here, the Epcot-like ball makes an attractive overhead light and casts an impressive web of shadows and shapes on the surrounding space. Designer: Ed Chew 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

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. 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

Box Joint Jig Plan - Take a Closer Look No need to readjust the fence. When it's time to make a different size box joint, just bolt on a different fence for the pin size you want. Two are better than one. Hardboard backing inserts. Everything you ever wanted to know about anarchism This classic statement of anarchism was written by a diverse group of anarchists in Cardiff around 1980 and it is an interesting historical record of the optimism of mainstream anarchist thought at that time. There is probably more rubbish talked about anarchism than any other political idea. Actually, it has nothing to do with a belief in chaos, death and destruction. Anarchists do not normally carry bombs, nor do they ascribe any virtue to beating up old ladies. It is no accident that the sinister image of the mad anarchist is so accepted. The alleged necessity of authority is so firmly planted in the average mind that anarchy, which means simply 'no government' is almost unthinkable to most people. Yet there are a limitless range of possible societies without the State. Various sorts of anarchists have differing ideas on exactly how society ought to be organised. Very few people seem to understand anarchism, even though it is a very simple, straightforward idea. Large Scale Campaigns

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.

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.

Video Copyright © 2006-2019 The Wood Whisperer Inc. The Wood Whisperer, The Wood Whisperer Guild, TWW, and TWW Guild are trademarks of The Wood Whisperer Inc. All rights reserved. Designed and developed by Underscorefunk Design This site uses affiliate links. 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.

Interactive 3D model of Solar System Planets and Night Sky 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

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