Time lapse Woodworking #3: Custom Wooden Rocking Chair Arm Shaping

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Blog entry by Canadian Woodworks posted 12-20-2010 04:48 PM 2720 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We start by showing the Kutzall carbide grinding disc we use to do most of the sculpting on our rocking chairs, it is attached to a basic angle grinder. We then go to work, the arms start about 2’’ thick and also have a 1.5’’ thick transition block at the front leg arm joint. We want to remove the chunky look and be left with smooth flowing lines that your eye and hand will want to explore.

I then switch to a kutzall grinding burr attached to a Fordom grinding system. I use this wonderful tool at the arm to front leg joint and at the rear of the arm to leg joint. Very useful to smooth the rough lines of the angle grinder before moving on to sanding.

We love these Kutzall grinding discs and burrs, they never wear out, remove stock quickly and safely.

We then move on to the Festool RO 125, we especially like this sander because of it’s smaller size and stroke compared to the Festool RO 150. With this sander we can go right to 150grit sandpaper in rotax mode to remove stock quickly and accurately. When paired with a Festool Vac the dust collection must be near 99%, which is of course good for our lungs but also one reason the paper last so long!

After this initial sanding we feel and look at the arms to make sure everything is how we want it, if we need to grind a little bit more we grind a bit more.

Thanks for having a look, if you have any questions please ask. For more detailed information on our Custom Rocking Chairs or Tables please visit our website.

Canadian Wood Works - Custom Wooden Rocking Chairs and Tables

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 12-20-2010 05:05 PM

Paul, that is great.
I like your time lapse, wish it could be done at that speed. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 12-20-2010 06:17 PM

Paul, I like these videos. I appreciate you posting them.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 06:38 PM

Very informative video – it helps to see how someone does this. And great choice of music to go with it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Grant Libramento

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#4 posted 12-21-2010 12:51 AM

Excellent video of the process that is most intimidating to woodworkers. I haven’t seen anything that shows it betterl.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#5 posted 12-21-2010 01:52 AM

Another great video. You make it look easy. Is the kutzall in the angle grinder fine, medium, or coarse?
Thanks for the post.


-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Canadian Woodworks

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 03:54 AM

It’s the only one Lee Valley sells which they say is coarse.

I’m making a video right now of seat grinding…... hard on the forearms!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#7 posted 12-21-2010 12:29 PM

The chair start out looking like my finish product or real close. Masterful work. Thanks for the video.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#8 posted 12-27-2010 03:45 AM

Zepliln and high speed woodworking always a great combo.

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