For this week’s assignment, I was inspired by sliding shoji doors and specifically, this photo of two maikos’ silhouettes behind the doors:
I have always found the traditional Japanese aesthetic very elegant. Again, to draw on my retirement dream of making miniature spaces and furniture, I decided I would use the bamboo box I didn’t use in the previous enclosure project as an interior space to attach sliding shoji doors.
Tracing Paper – Blick
Birch Veneer – Blick
Bamboo Container – Container Store
Elmer’s All Purpose Glue – Shop
2″ Grid Ruler
I had a good experience with the laser cutter, so I referenced shoji door designs on pinterest (5) and created an Ai file with the measurements (approx. 5 5/8″ square) I needed to fit the box.
I laser cut four door panels in total to sandwich the tracing paper in between. Some squares didn’t end up cutting all the way through so I used my thin boxcutter to get them out. I thought it would be a tedious process, but it was actually somewhat therapeutic.
Another issue was the dimensions. I had to trim them down because they did not fit exactly. I was relieved the the wood veneer was not too difficult to cut.
After making sure all the panels fit, I cut the tracing paper to the same dimensions and glued it in between the laser-cut doors. This is the result:
I put a blue LED inside to see how it might look. I think it can be a very elegant light fixture so I might drill a hole to enclose a lightbulb. I am very happy with the result.