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Has Anyone Made an Ofuro (Japanese Soaking Tub)?
My doctor was over at the house today and wanted to see the progress on a dining room chandelier I'm making for him. After the tour he said, "Next I want you to make a Japanese soaking tub for me." (He thinks I can make anything.) His wife, who is Japanese. called it ofuro.
I did some web browsing and found different pictures of ofuros. He wanted a rectangular one. I found they are usually made from hinoki wood found in the mountains of Japan, but I'm guessing you can't get that around here. Other woods used are cedar and teak. From what I've read, the tub stays filled all the time and the watertight properties come from the wood swelling, like in wood ship building.
I was just wondering if anyone here has tackled this project. If so, please share your experience.