How to Use the CNC Mill to Improve Japanese Joinery

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About: Hi, We are Jesse, Benas and Emil. We are interested in digital fabrication.

This is one of our ideas about how digital fabrication can translate and improve traditional craft. We use Rhino, RhinoCAM, and the CNC milling machine to design wood joinery. As a result of applying curvature to joinery, the joints lock together. It help us assemble and disassemble components easily.

Step 1: Study Japanese Joinery and Choose a Specific Joint

Step 2: Reproduce Your Chosen Joint and Test It

Step 3: Change Straight Line to Curved Line and Adjust the Position to Have an Intersection Between Two Layers

Step 4: Use the CNC Mill to Cut the Joint, Then Laminate

Step 5: Test the Joinery

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    spatial guy

    5 months ago on Step 1

    Come on now ... go and get your Japanese chisels and saws out.
    But seriously, you have taken one of the oldest woodworking traditions on earth that took a lifetime to master and used one of the newest technologies on earth so that anyone can create ‘masterpieces’ in minutes.
    Sometimes I have to pinch myself at what we can do today.
    Thank you, your application of modern techniques here has left me truely amazed.
    (And maybe slightly conflicted/confused inside)
    SG

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    AlexandreL72

    2 years ago

    These kind of experimentation is always interesting !!
    I'm currently student in woodworking ! Thanks for the inspiration !!!

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    jonathaninwa

    2 years ago

    Can this be adapted for joining panels at a 90 degree angle?

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    J_B_Ejonathaninwa

    Reply 2 years ago

    This is just a simple idea showing how we using CNC but you can apply this idea to different joints. If you want different angle it might need to adjust the joint.

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    This is really impressive. You should seriously enter it into the CNC contest that is currently running.

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