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childermass

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Built another base for one of my stones, this time it’s a smallish red Aoto (Atagoyama) stone. The Dai is basically finished except for the oiling part. I will post some more pictures after that.
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For fine tuning of the fit I used a trick that I once stumbled across. To identify contact points I put a sheet of paper with chalk on one side between the stone and the base. This is a nice and well working way to determine where material has to be removed.
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initial fit:
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better fit after removing the surplus material:
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Good job!!
Thanks!

This one was actually really challenging as this particular piece of Mulberry is very prone to splintering when chiseled. While oiling I have found a defect on the bottom where the wood separates on its own. I will have to repair this but am not sure how long this base will last.
 

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This is really a shame about the work and the finished Dai. The grain of the last one looks great!
 

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So in looking at this am I correct that you are not epoxying these down but are simply recessing the stone into the wood? Also those are quite handsome.
 

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You are right, no epoxy on these. All stones fit snuggly into the cavity and don’t move in use. If one starts moving due to shrinkage in the wood a little plasticine in the right spot is all it takes to fix that.
 
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Two glued ones this time...

First is an ancient Aoto that was so skewed I had to glue it into a piece of Larch wood (this one is a little older):
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Second and more recent is a plum wood base for the small Tajima I had for sale but decided to keep:
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Both are glued up with marine grade epoxy and finished afterwards.
 
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