Make Your Own Stand for Tameshigiri

Making your own cutting stand is fairly simple and a great way
to save some money. All it takes is a little time and patience.

The first thing to do is to read through the instructions and print out the PDF diagram so you can get an idea of the parts you will be making and assembling and the materials you will need. You can click on the link above or the thumbnail below to get a full-sized printable version.

The next step is to go to the lumber yard, or a well-stocked hardware or home supply store that carries lumber and pick up the supplies you need. All of the materials are readily available and a list is provided on the next page.

When you pick out the materials for your cutting stand make sure to choose a good "construction grade" wood. On the West Coast a good, strong, and inexpensive choice is whatever type of Fir is available in your area. Both Pine and Redwood are too soft and may split in the area around the peg at the top of the stand. Look for wood that is straight, no bends or twists, no cracks, and has as few knots as possible. Also, try to find wood that is dry. "Wet" boards will feel very heavy compared to the wood that is drier. Lumber that has a high moisture content is more likely to crack and split as time passes and it dries.

Unless you have the equipment at home you should consider having the lumber cut to size where you buy it. Even though you may have to spend a few extra dollars you will end up with straight, flat cuts that will make assembly easier and look more professional.

Before you do any assembly make sure to sand off any sharp or rough edges on the wood. Your tameshigiri stand will look better and your chances of getting a nasty splinter now or later will be greatly reduced.

A power screwdriver will be very helpful for assembly but is not absolutely necessary. If you will be using a hand screwdriver then it is best to drive the screws all the way through each leg before trying to attach them to the post. You can also pre-drill the screw holes in the legs. If you will be using lag bolts you will have to pre-drill the legs with a hole just big enough for the lag bolt to pass through, and the post with a hole 1/8" smaller than the lag bolt diameter.

Step by Step Instructions and Pictures

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