Note that a nail has not been used where the diagonal strut meets the straining post, made possible by chiseling a neat(ish) hole, inside which fits a strut that has been cut to the correct angle so it lies flush with the post. Nails are a totally uncool way of constructing strainer assemblies like the one in the picture, they look ugly and cause the wood to split, which brings on rot.
I have not updated my blog for such a long time, partly because I have been in England, and partly because The Peking Order, along with all other Blogspot pages, Facebook and Twitter, is now unavailable in China. I am using a proxy server to write this; If you are in China, you are using a proxy to read this.
Now that I work for a trendy PR firm, I feel the need to upgrade my "new media" credentials. Check The Peking Order regularly, which I will update when possible, and look out for me on Twitter, which I am told is good.