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Arts of Japan series : case construction part 5

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:19 AM, April 12, 2012 [Permalink]

Assistant Lee-san's production line is now in full swing, and stacks of his pre-cut parts are getting glued up into real box form at last!

We're gluing the cases up three at a time. Making a larger jig than this was not practical, nor was doing them one at a time. Three is just about right:

Once the carcass is dry, he does an initial fitting of the top:

They are flowing through the system in groups of three, all numbered and matched with their top and other small associated parts:

We haven't quite yet figured out what we are going to do with them as they build up. We're rapidly running out of space in which to keep all the parts, jigs and tools in proper order. I asked my neighbour a few weeks ago if we can perhaps rent part of his (completely unused) basement, but he hasn't yet 'got back to me', so I suppose that means his answer is probably 'no' ...

And while Lee-san has been busy with this, I've finally begun printing work on the print itself. I'll be posting colour steps as I go along, starting tomorrow ...


Following comment posted by: Michael Kohne on April 12, 2012 9:30 AM

On the subject of storage, may I suggest slowing case production so you can get the print done? Then you can bill folks and ship some of them out, aleviating the storage issue some what.

Following comment posted by: Dave on April 12, 2012 8:37 PM

slowing case production so you can get the print done ...

Well, getting the prints done, but not having cases for them, isn't going to help, as we wouldn't be able to ship. And for the most part, I'm working on the prints, and Lee-san is working on the cases ...

When I complained about not having enough space, I'm speaking of the space for keeping things in order while production is still underway. The cases in that photo now have their tops fitted, and the stand slots cut, and are ready for 'shaping', sanding and then to head for finishing (spray lacquer). It's really important that they don't get banged or dinged while waiting for that step to arrive ...

As for the billing, I'm thinking of doing that this coming weekend, as my first batch of prints will be ready in the middle of next week. But just when they can all get matched up with cases I'm not quite able to predict right now, as an 'issue' with Lee-san's schedule has come up, about which I'll be posting soon ... :-(

Following comment posted by: Margaret Maloney on April 13, 2012 12:53 PM

an 'issue' with Lee-san's schedule has come up, about which I'll be posting soon ... :-(

Oh no! I hope it can be resolved happily for everyone.

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