Introduction: Japanese Bondage Shelf
In this tutorial you can learn how to build furniture using Japanese bondage technique.
This is a good alternative for cheap mass production furniture if you don`t want or you can`t afford to buy furniture but you have little or no skill in carpentry.
This is also a good solution for people who need mobile furniture because they tend to move every now and then. You simply can untie your furniture and moving on is so much easier.
You`ll just need a saw, few wooden sticks and laminated beams and meters of rope. Estimated cost to material is about 50 bucks. And it's a way more stronger than the regular cheap mass production furniture.
Step 1: Cutting the Legs
Cut the wooden round sticks. You need 8 times 400 mm, 4 times 1600 mm and 2 times 1960 mm. Sand the sticks and finish them with the polisher or oil.
Step 2: Making the Shelves
For the shelves you need 4 pieces of laminated beam (1200 x 250 mm).
Sand the surface and clean carefully the dust.
Step 3: Painting the Shelves.
Cover the shelves with the paint. Depending on the paint you have to decide whether you add the second and third layer. It`s up to you. Just be sure you let the paint get dry and sand once again before painting.
Step 4: Preparing the Rope
You need 21 pieces of rope, each size of 2500 mm. Carefully burn the rope at the both ends.
First connect one side of your open shelf using Japanese square lashing knot.
Take two longer sticks and connect them with the smaller sticks. First stick will be after 200 mm, every next step will be after 400 mm. Repeat it.
Step 6: Stabilizing the Shelf
Now connect the two sides of your shelf with two crossed sticks using Japanese diagonal lashing knot.
Step 7: All the Shelves Into Their Places.
Place the shelves on their places.
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That's a very nice looking shelf unit. Did you use any particular kind of knot when tying the cord around the joints?
I learned to tie this knot here:
He suggests to use natural fiber rope.
Steps 5 & 6 explain the knots you need.
Thanks. I had rushed through the article and didn't catch it.
I see u have 25k bag sitting on bottom shelf, what is max load before failure (at lashings?), what can be done to raise the max load limit?
Thank you, this is very good question. We tested it with 25 kg bag, because we assume that this would be the max weight to put on this kind of shelf. I believe it might be reasonable to tighten the ties sometimes. I have to admit I don`t know how to calculate it but it would be very interesting to find it out.
Step 2 - the materials size is shown as (490`` x 98``) -- is that really 4 pieces of 40 feet by 8 feet of wood? I'd need to build some shelves first to store that on. And an extension to put it in :)
Thanks you very much! I will correct the errors.