COMMISSIONED HANDRAILS: my longest bent lamination of reclaimed old wood

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Project by NíccoloJosé posted 05-23-2013 03:20 PM 6225 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first handrail and was commissioned back in february. Its about 38ft long total; the grip itself is about 2” x 4”. I probably used 3gallon of glue and approximately 240 clamps. I made master copies out of cheaper wood which I can use as patterns for future projects. Also used the pattern as the router guide to carve out the grip for the thumb and the 4fingers that wrap around it. I had to make samples first for the client to approve the grip

Note that the steps are not mine and were installed 2years ago when the house was constructed. Prior to this, I also make customized door handles with bent lamination. When the client pass by my showroom and saw the door handles, she then inquired about a snake-like handrails for her house.

The main wood pieces I recycled and cut to thin slices were Narig, Molave and Mangkono.

Though this was a very interesting project, it required a lot of reclaimed old wood which is limited. I do the thin slices to remove the cracks, nails and salvage what I can.

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 03:27 PM

Looks great.

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 03:33 PM

Very nice.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 05:05 PM

Sounds as if it made you sad to use the precious wood? How long did this project take? Did you have help? Looks labor intensive. Nice piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 05-23-2013 05:29 PM

very cool, looks like a lot of fun!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#5 posted 05-23-2013 08:21 PM

Great Job!

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 08:49 PM

Very impressive. Looks and sounds like it took a huge amount of effort. Oh and I wish I had the clamps to do this kind of work… I never seem to have enough for projects a small fraction of size

-- Josh - (I'll come up with a witty quote later)

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#7 posted 05-23-2013 11:03 PM

Ang galing Nico! You are really lucky to have those kind of rare woods in the Philippines. You can only find nowadays these woods from reclaimed century wood (not so easy to find from scrap yards). I can feel how tedious was your work in getting the best strip of wood from molave because they have interlaced grain. Molave is also hard to glue because of its oil that last for years inside. Excellent work. Thanks for posting back your work.

-- Bert

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#8 posted 05-24-2013 01:07 AM

I can appreciate that you tried to make the best use of the wood available to you. Custom work is very difficult to do, I think. I do it all the time and still I am interested to se how others do this. I know nothing about the woods you have used. I can only assume that they are native to you. All the same this is wonderful, practical, and beautiful work. I hope your customers appreciate what you have done for them.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 05-25-2013 03:33 PM

That is absolutely amazing. I didn’t even know you could bend reclaimed wood.

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#10 posted 05-28-2013 02:48 PM

Excellent work on those stunning handrails. Love the curves and the wood combo used. They sure makes the house look more gorgeous.

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