Toyota’s Setsuna; Wooden car using the Japanese Tradition of joinery

Concept cars are nothing new, even the ones made out of wood. But, the engineers at Toyota  (kenji tsuji and his team) took it one step further with this one. The Setsuna it is called, is made out of wood  using the Japanese technique of Wood joinery.

The toyota ‘setsuna’ concept is a fully functional car, with  body made out of 86 panels of wood pieces with no external binder, like a nail, or a gum holding them in place. Every single piece was hand crafted to fit in with the design, and it debuted at the Milan 2016 design expo.

The team used traditional japanese techniques such as ‘okuriari and ‘kusabi so that the wood could be joined without nails or screws. ‘okuriari, which allows the exterior panels to be fitted and taken off without using any nails, not only increases the strength of joints but also makes it possible to make partial changes to dovetailing and mortise joints if the fastenings have worn down. Here are some of the pictures of the Setsuna: enjoy.

 

toyota uses traditional japanese wood joinery to assemble setsuna concept vehicle

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