Nakashima made these famous. I want to try them. A nice alternative to gluing, or doweling. The butterfly key joins two boards edge to edge.
I'm putting a wood floor in my van. Do you think I can pull this off? An advantage is that I can remove the key later to disassemble the planks. And if I use a contrasting hardwood, it will look cool. Even if I don't do a perfect joinery job.
I am so excited!! Yess!! So much more elegant than purchasing a $65 doweling jig and dowels. Of course it's a japanese concept. And...visible joinery is more honest than hidden joinery.
I love how scratched and worn the wood is in this photo. Using a butterfly key for a completely humble and utilitarian purpose. Rather than on a fancy lacquered table that costs $5000.
I'm still nervous about my planks not being flat. I will choose very carefully! And I'll use my new Japanese plane (if I have it by then).