How to Make Japanese Screen Panels

Why it's back to our tool tip where we show
you how to make these Japanese rice paper screens using these materials and simple hand
tools. Today we're gonna make some Japanese screen
panels which are a great alternative to traditional blinds using this framing and a special rice
paper film. You ready Dene? Yep, We have got about 8 cuts to do at 265mm
so we will set the measuring gauge on the mitre saw. First thing we do here, we will measure this
piece here at 265mm. Measure and mark the Tasmanian oak beading
at 265mm, then using the measured length, set the saw stop on the mitre saw and cut
the end pieces of each of the frames. We have divided our window opening into 5
so we need 10 end pieces. And now we are going to cut the beading to
exactly the same size, it's 6x6mm, and it runs along side this part of the frame.

You right Dene? Yes I am Cut the 6mm beading to the same length as
the frame pieces. It provides support for the acrylic sheet
that's overlayed with the rice paper film. We then measure and mark the side pieces of
the frame to 1213mm and cut 10 lengths. The panels are easy to assemble. We pre-drill 2 holes in each corner and we
use small panel pins to hold the frames together while the glue dies. You will need a second pair of hand to help
hold the frame in position as you drive in the panel pins. Use a fairly generous amount of glue. Wipe away any excess. That's great, OK so once you get the frame
together you then glue the smaller pieces of beading, which are these ones, into position. OK so if you run a bit of glue down there.

Having cut our 6x6mm beading to match the
long sides and short ends of the frame, we then apply aliphatic glue to the beading and
position down the sides and ends of the frame. Because the material's fairly light a generous
amount of glue will easily hold it in position. OK, well as soon as that glue goes off we
will stain them up then we will send them off to have the acrylic sheet cut and fitted. The rice paper film we have chosen is produced
by the 3m company, the actual rice paper is laminated between 2 very strong layers of
3m film. Although the process looks fairly simple,
the manufacturers recommend that it's carried out by there trained personnel. The film is a clear matte finish and is extremely
hard wearing. Once it is overlayed on the acrylic sheet,
it gives the appearance of traditional Japanese rice paper. While the experts are applying the film we
apply a dark stain to the Tasmanian oak frames.

We run a bead of glue around the perimeter
and cross frames of the beading and carefully place the finished rice paper panels into
position. Make sure you wipe away any excess glue. You can use any simple track system mount
the sliding screen. Well that looks great, the rice paper is brilliant,
perfect for this room. And as an alternative to traditional curtaining
it looks fantastic. So do you want some sushi? Oh yes please. I've got it over here..

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