Folding Screen

Divide a room and delight the eye in Japanese style by Cliff Nathan

A few years ago, when we decided to redecorate our home, we added some Japanese touches to mix with our Western furnishings. This gave me the chance to try my hand at making shoji, a traditional Japanese furnishing consisting of wooden frames that hold a delicate wooden latticework and translucent paper. When light plays over and through the surface of the shoji. the effect is wonderful. 1 ended up making several window and door treatments and discovered (hat I could

Function and beauty. This folding screen allows light to play on and through its surface, and can be placed anywhere that privacy or a division between spaces is needed.


This free-standing screen is made up of three identical frames connected by special hinges. (See sidebar, pages 62-63.) In each frame, two identical kumiko latticework assemblies sandwich a layer of fiberglass Synskin™. One kumiko is fixed to the frame with glue and nails; the other kumiko is attached with screws after the Synskin™ sheet is installed.

Kumiko Shoji

Round adjoining stiles with 3/8-in. round-over bit.


Saw and rout notches for

REMOVABLE KUMIKO (Attach to frame with f.h. #4 screws.)

FIXED (Glue and nail inside frame after assembly.)

PIVOTING WOODEN HINCE (See sidebar, page 63.)

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