August 05, 2017

Japanese woodworking techniques

Japanese woodworking has a very ancient history. Their woodworking technique is different than the others. The history of Japanese woodworking is known for the simplicity and perfection for a long time. Though the Japanese woodworking projects seem simple from the outside, actually the techniques are complex and distinct. For the unique build and structure, the Japanese woodworking projects are renowned in worldwide. From the joint techniques to the wood cutting, everything is very distinct and different in Japanese woodworking. Japanese have their own way of doing the woodworking projects. Here in this article, I will discuss some of the techniques of Japanese woodworking.

Japanese joinery is widely known for its strong foundation. With the Japanese joinery, it is possible to make the strong foundation of any building, temple and the other structure. These joineries don’t require any still nails but it can still provide the very strong foundation in any structure. The simple but strong joinery plan is regarded as the smartest woodworking solution for many woodworking projects. Wood is considered as the most valuable and useful building materials in Japan. Japan has a great source of timber and for the earthquake prone region, it is favorable to use wood in this region.

Japanese use the oldest craft which requires minimal tools and techniques to complete the job. The simple formula of woodworking requires several calculations and that is why the Japanese woodworking projects are often considered for the good combination of geometry and nature.



The mortise and tenon joints are very important in the woodworking industry. And in the Japanese woodworking tradition, these two joints have a great contribution. There are many benefits of these types of joints in the woodworking industry.

To give any woodworking structure a firm look and grip, there is no alternative of using the dovetail joints. The dovetail joints appear to be complex but the firm lock and strong joint give the structure a strong foundation.

Though the mortise, tenon and dovetail joints are used in woodworking projects from the ancient time, Sampo-Zashi is a comparatively new term used in the modern Japanese woodworking projects. It is the combination of all of these joints altogether. To work with this technique, a woodworker needs to master the art of woodworking. Precise cutting knowledge and proper skill are required to do this wood joinery.

Japanese lacquering techniques are also one of the most important techniques for Japanese woodworking. If you want to add the professional finish to the woodworking project, this is the best techniques to be followed on the woodworking projects. To do the basic finishing in the woodworking, kijiro lacquering is also very popular in the woodworking.

So, these are the most common techniques which have been using widely in the Japanese woodworking projects for a long time.


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August 01, 2017

DIY CNC Woodworking Machine

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