sand it flush to the frame with a random-orbit sander, again using 120-grit sandpaper. (See bottom left photo, previous page.)

Finishing Up

With all the parts made, it's time to apply a finish to the screen. I spray on a water-white sanding scaler and flat lacquer to finish the screen, but any finish will suffice.

When the finish is thoroughly dry.

you're ready to install the cloth or paper. Traditional shoji makers use washi, a fragile Japanese rice paper. (See Sources.) I prefer the Synskin™ because it closely resembles washi yet is strong, unaffected by the sun, and easy to clean. Caution: Because Synskin ™ is made from fiberglass, be sure to wear gloves when handling it. Other materials such as silk or cloth would work well for this screen; but like rice paper, they require stretching and gluing to the kumiko.

Installing the Synskin™ is simple. I cut a piece about '/16 in. smaller than the outside dimension of the kumiko and use an upholsterer's air stapler to attach it to the glucd-on kumiko. The fiberglass cloth is stiff, so it only takes a few staples to attach it—one in each corner and one every 10 in. or so along the outside edge of the kumiko. A hand-operated staple gun would work, or a few dabs of cpoxy would do in place of staples. (Sec photo, page 61.) Once the

Synskin™ is attached» screw the remaining kumiko to the frame and you're done. A

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Wood Working 101

Wood Working 101

Have you ever wanted to begin woodworking at home? Woodworking can be a fun, yet dangerous experience if not performed properly. In The Art of Woodworking Beginners Guide, we will show you how to choose everything from saws to hand tools and how to use them properly to avoid ending up in the ER.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment