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Rocking chair back braces bent lamination

In this time lapse video I am gluing up 4 flexible back braces for a custom wooden rocking chair. A back brace is built using 4 layers each layer being about 2.2mm thick, the top or front layer is Birdseye Maple the rest are Walnut. This chair will be Black Canadian Walnut thus the the Birdseye Maple will give a attractive and interesting contrast to the rest of the chair. We make sure to cut the fronts and backs from a single piece and keep everything in order so in the end we have a beautiful grain match.

I start by working close to my clamps, getting everything ready and going to it. I layout my 2 back braces apply glue between the layers and stack them in order. We glue up 2 back braces at a time, making sure there is no glue in between them!

Our technique uses a form, 90 degree up rights, a caul and a bunch of clamps.

The form is constructed from a template and each layer is flush trimmed to our initial piece until we have the thickness required. We use the 90 degree up rights to clamp against with a C clamp to make sure all the pieces are in alignment. The caul is use to distributed the clamping force while removing the issue of clamping marks, protecting our precious birds eye maple.

Custom bar stool seat carving

In this video in my time lapse wood working series, I’m carving a Canadian Black Walnut seat.
I have already laid out the seat outline and drilled my depth holes as reference. I first use a kutzall coarse carbide disc to rough grind the seat. I find it best to remove material evenly over the entire seat.
Once I finish with the rough grinding, I switch to a 7’’ 60 grit sanding disc on my much larger and heavier ridgid grinder. This is a work out on the fore arms!
I then flip the seat over and do a little more rough grinding, then touch up the front of the seat where the back of your knees bend, this part of the send need to be a nice fair curve to add style and comfort.
Once I’m happy with the rough sanding I move on to the festool sander using 150grit.

The music provided for this video is from Watasun a band that I friend of mine is in, he plays a cajon and steel drums. I hope you enjoy the tune if you’d like to hear more of there music from WATASUN please visit there myspace page.

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Sanding & Assembling Walnut Frame and Panel

This time around in our time lapse woodworking series I'm sanding a pair of Canadian Black Walnut panels that will be assembled into a frame and panel. The panels have been re-sawed out of a 2'' thick board to allow for a beautiful book match, I showed the process in the previous video Re-sawing 2'' thick Canadian Black Walnut

I first start out with 220 sandpaper on our festool RO150, then to 320, 400, 500 and finally a sheep wool pad to burnish and pull out all the remaining saw dust from the pores. By sanding with a special abralon pad ( 500 grit ) we are sanding down into the pores removing the fibres that would typically raise up and create a rough surface once finish is applied. It really amazes me and especially our customers how beautiful and shiny your can make a piece off wood without finish, and because of our sanding process out surface remains silky smooth with a natural look and feel. We will apply our hand rubbed oil-resin finish once the panel is assembled and the outer frame is sanded with the same process. Although our time lapse videos make it seem that custom fine woodworking is a speedy process it is not! I think to make this video was almost 2 hours of total working time