Wow. The drawing I received shows a woven lattice, but I'll tell you,
I think it's going to be a huge PITA to get it assembled. The only
idea I have right now is to steam it so it's bendable enough to get it
woven together. Something's not right...
Did I say PITA? I meant EFPITA. Once the wood splits it becomes much
easier to get the parts assembled. Given the strength of modern glues
I don't know why I didn't just skip the weave. Actually, I do know - I
didn't think of it and simply followed the drawing I was presented. I
didn't think it through. Lesson learned.
If I were to attempt it again, without steaming, I'd set up bending
blocks starting from the middle, so the entire lattice would flex some
from the inside out. Even that would have been of marginal help
though. I really don't know how this is accomplished absent wetting or
steaming the wood. Once the dados are cut they become prime starting
points for splitting. You could clamp the rear of them, but that would
put more stress on the front edge, towards which your weaving.
Upon further reflection, I now understand why they probably wove the
wood in the first place - they had too. The lattices I'm making (after
long delay) are for map and paper document restoration and conservation
and are called karibari. My guess is that since they didn't have the
benefit of modern adhesives that would resist H20 and other liquids
they simply wove the wood and then dowel pegged the frame around the
outside. They also most likely used thinner stock than I used. Live
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