Kumiko Jigs

Getting ready to try my hand at some Kumiko and needed to make some jigs. I Used the plans from "The Art of Kumiko" by Matt Kenney for the basics. I made a couple of modifications and made the blocks 11-1/2" instead of the required 9" I had some drops from a oak handrail and that worked out great, it will remain stable since it had been laminated. I cut the bevels with the bandsaw and hand planed the surface for the finished angle. Then set up the table saw for a 3/4" dado cut down the center. Had some 1/4" oak stock, which was ripped into a few strips and glued a center block at each end to create the stops for the grove in the blocks. Need to get a proper size screw to fit the slot which is used for repetitive sizes.

The blocks have angles on each end;
1) 22.5* and 45*
2) 30* and 60*
3) 67.5* and 90*

I also made up another sled to use just to cut the Kumiko frames, I sized the slot to use a standard blade, offsetting the pin at 1/2". And made up a miter box to cut the strips to length, with a razor saw. My plan is to use Basswood for the Kumiko.

Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Main Street to the Mountains


I thoughts that what those were when you posted them in the box swap thread! Do you kumiko or is that a new thing?

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

I thought you'd please DevinT with exposure to Bluey... then I realised it was NOT Comicon!

You've gotta show me more as I'm thor at having to surf for a meaning... so far they look to me like some bits of wood with dados randomly placed.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

YES, you need to show and explain, like a first grader. And then there will be no stupid questions.

Sasha. - Life is not a draft, you can't redo it tomorrow

all i know about that is i had made 2 panels to go outside on deck in NY when i worked in cabinet shop this guy had money he got rocks from under the ocean that cost 120k each to bring here 😮🙄


Nice jigs.   Made some myself some time ago.   Have fun with the Kumiko.  


Ryan, thanks. No this is a new venture for me.

LBD, thanks. Yep, random groves.

Ganchik, thanks. I'll post more after I figure out the process.

Tony, thanks. It's an art and a way to style things up a bit. I'll give it a try.

Ron, thanks. It should be fun and relaxing, quite time in the shop.

Main Street to the Mountains

I’ve been entertaining the idea of dabbling in kumiko too Eric.  Glad you posted these.  I’m a fan of Mike Peckovic’s designs and I like how he uses the panels in a lot of them.  Looking forward to seeing what you make with them!
Kenny, thanks. The book I referenced above is a good starting point. He goes through the process of getting setup, with the blocks and a set jig. Also, about the woods and there are 10 patterns in the book to work with, and one can add different patterns to build larger panels and covering the back with fabric to complement the patterns.

Main Street to the Mountains

Added it to my Amazon cart Eric 😁  Is there any reason to have a print copy or would the e-book be just as good?  I rarely buy print these days but if there are patterns to trace or something I’ll buy the print.  
Now as soon as I master chip carving and marquetry, I’ll move on to Kumiko😂
Nice setup Eric, getting the precision needed for that work really requires some forethought. Looking forward to the product!
Kenny, the e-book should be fine, the measurements are listed in the diagrams, and you can make them to suit your needs. I decided to have a angle at each end and made the blocks a tad bit longer. instead of having a block for each angle.

Splinter, thanks. I have been reading up on the process and realized that I need to have the set up first. I took my time on the angles, checking and rechecking to ensure that the face was at the proper angle and square to the side, trim recheck, repeat. But they are fine-tuned now.

Main Street to the Mountains

That’s cool. And the jogs are small enough that they won’t take up a ton of space. Might have to read up in that a bit. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Just Amazon’d the book. For anyone interested, it’s 27% off right now, and Prime delivery. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Sounds like others are jumping down the rabbit hole and adding to their arsenal of ideas.

Main Street to the Mountains

They look very precise. Have fun on your new venture. Looks like a few of us are trying new things over here. 

James McIntyre

James, thanks. Yees new things are always fun, been thinking about this for over a year, just needed a push.

Main Street to the Mountains

I’ve got an idea for a box that I’ve wanted to do for a while with Kumiko so this might be a great step in that direction!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice! I made a set using oak, but made them long, like you did. Also from Matt Kenney's book.

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

Something I will eventually get into, I imagine.  I would need to invest in some hand-planes first.  For now, I will just sit back and watch you and DL do it.

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