This video is a compilation of several styles of Japanese woodworking where you can see how it’s made by the masters (woodworking in action).

The Japanese are known for their amazing precision and craftmanship in woodworking. They are known to use high quality tools that are slightly different than the tools used in the West.

The tools commonly used by Japanese carpenters are divided into a few basic families, within which there are found a multitude of variations and specializations geared toward particular tasks:

Japanese saw (nokogiri 鋸), which cuts on the pull stroke, rather than the otherwise globally prevalent push stroke.

Link to Japanese saw:

Japanese plane (kanna 鉋), is most commonly a wooden block, or dai (台) containing a laminated blade, sub-blade, and securing pin. In the Japanese plane, the blade is fixed in position primarily by the plane’s abutments that are cut in the sides of the dai. This is similar to a still manufactured type of European wooden plane, in which the blade is fixed in place by tapping down upon a wooden wedge. Unlike a western plane, the support bed for the blade is not a flat surface in a Japanese plane – rather it is convex. The blade itself is tapered in thickness so as to wedge tightly into the dai when tapped down into place. The blade is also tapered in width to allow its projection to be adjusted by tapping it from side to side, so that a uniform shaving thickness can be attained. Japanese planes are generally operated by pulling rather than pushing, and work can be done in the seated position or using the whole body for more power.

Link to Japanese plane :


  • このエントリーをはてなブックマークに追加