Wood joinery

photo Wood joinery


The first step in making sashimono or wood joinery is to cut precise pieces of wood with the combinations of wood grain taken into account. Then, wood is planed or carved to create protrusions or indentations that act as joints. The wood is connected at right angles to make items such as boxes. This technique does not use nails or any other metal hardware.


  1. 1.Only the required amount of wood pieces are cut.
  2. 2.Joints are created so that the parts will fit together neatly.
  3. 3.The pieces are joined together to make the whole item.
  4. 4.After coating the piece with lacquer, it is complete.
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