Kendama is a traditional Japanese game that is very similar to the ball and cup game. My friend Alex is a Kendama professional and his collection has been getting a bit out of hand. For this, I wanted to make him I device that would be able to hold all of his Kendamas.
Step 1: Get Materials
For this project, you are able to use any type of wood or plastic., just make sure you have a thick enough material for a french cleat. I would recommend using half inch plywood, or something thicker. Other materials are listed below.
Step 2: Download Fusion 360
This along with all my other design projects are designed in Autodesk Fusion 360. It is a free cloud based modeling software that enables you to develop ideas and into physical products. Click the link below to download a free trial of the software. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Step 3: Sketch Side of Wall Mount
Here, I will use the sketch interphase to create a side view of what the mount will look like. Since I will be making it out of .45" thick sections, I will make the total piece 1.35" thick. The backing piece will be 7.75" tall, and will provide a nice look to the piece. I will cut a french cleat into the front two boards to ensure the kendamas hang properly.
I will then modify my design to be 16" long. This will hold roughly 6 kendamas at max capacity.
Step 4: Create Bracket
To attach the board to the wall, I 3D printed a custom attachment to fit around a wall screw. This can be replaced by a simple wall bracket if necessary.
I started with a sketch of the general shape of the bracket. I then added in a hole for the screw, and a slot that it would be able to fit through while in the mounting process. I then modified this sketch to make it less than a quarter inch thick.
Step 5: Render (optional)
Rendering allows you to get a better visual understanding of a model by overlaying a material or texture on it. For this project, I used 3d Unfinished maple and white ABS plastic A full tutorial of the rendering workspace can be found here.
Step 6: Make!
My desktop machine of choice is BoXZY CNC. It is a versatile 3 in 1 tool that gives you a new level of possibility that didn't exist before in a 3d printer or desktop CNC machine. I used the Boxzy Lab at Techshop Pittsburgh to produce my parts.
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Other than BoXZY, for this project I used two primary pieces of equipment being a table saw, and chop saw. I would have been able to use just the table saw if in a pinch. A smaller, space saving option would be a circular saw.
Once the pieces are cut to size, angle your saw blade to make the french cleat. Once glued and sanded, you get a truly beautiful result.
Step 7: Enjoy!
Kendama is a great way to relive stress and simply get your mind off things for a while. Hope you liked this project, and let me know what to make next in the comments below.