Japanese Kumiko is getting very popular with woodworkers. High-end how-to magazines like Fine Woodworking have featured a number of articles in the past few years on how to make the smaller (6”square and ½” tall) Kumiko pieces.
What is Kumiko? JapanObjects explains, “Kumiko is a uniquely Japanese style of woodwork. The process involves interconnecting carved wooden pieces together, in intricate patterns, to create a finished panel without the use of glue, nails, or any other external tools.”
I took an online class taught by Johnny Tromboukis (from Upstate New York) through the Pratt Fine Art Center (in Seattle, WA) to learn how to make Kumiko.
For my project, I made 14 of the Kumiko pieces. I made two frames of seven Kumiko pieces each.
Once I had the frames completed, I routed out a recess for each frame in the center of the SKOGSTA table. Then, I dropped in the two frames.
The only changes that I had to make to the table was to move one of the dowels aligning the tops.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the SKOGSTA table, the top is made of two separate pieces over 92” long. They are aligned with 4 metal dowels, and fastened to the table legs.