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Time lapse Woodworking #5: Spinning custom wooden rocking chair

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Blog entry by Canadian Woodworks posted 01-08-2011 06:44 PM 2922 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a test of a jimmy rigged lazy susan mounted to a slow speed gear motor.I always have ideas running through my head about how to share my custom wooden rocking chairs and other pieces, this is one of the less refined ideas, but i’m happy my idea is going to work out well once I get the bugs worked out.

Hopefully soon I will build a dolly for the camera so the camera can move while the chair rotates.

This example is using a Walnut with Ebony plugs custom wood rocking chair, the chair is 80% finished but still needs much attention in the sanding and finishing department.
Hope you enjoy.

This is produced by taking 1 picture every second while the chair spins at about .1rpm I then crop and put the images together, for this particular shot I ran it at 50 frames per second.

If you go to click on the video it will take you to youtube where you can view the video in HD.


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com



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degoose

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 06:55 PM

Love the chair and the use of a lazy susan to spin it.. fabulous…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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SASmith

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 07:08 PM

I think it is a great way to show a great chair.
Thanks for sharing.
Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Jonathan

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 12:23 AM

What about using a Lazy Larry underneath of it? Then you could broaden your potential client list? Just kidding.

This is a good idea that I’ll be curious to see what you settle on as far as speed, lighting, etc.

How much time would you say you actually spend shooting the chair, then editing? Can you just set thing on “auto pilot” and walk away for a bite to eat while the chair is being photographed, or do you stand there to monitor everything?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 01-09-2011 12:45 AM

A fantastic chair and an interesting and effective way to display it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Canadian Woodworks

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 01:01 AM

Ha ya I was thinking lazy larry underneath too….lol

There are many option to adjust especially speed.

Picture speed – 1 picture a second
Speed of chair spin – about .1rpm
FPS when building the video – 50fps in that vid

I’d like to have white paper over the susan so it would be invisible

I have a set it and forget is kind of setup, my camera connects to my laptop, I use nikon camera control which has a time lapse feature, I set it to take a picture every 1 second. I do have to crop the pictures about 1000 but the mac makes it easy to do a batch crop. So yes I can feed my face while the camera snaps away.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Jonathan

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 02:05 AM

I figured that was the process, but wasn’t sure. Knew about the Nikon and Mac, but am not familiar with your particular setup since we just acquired a Mac. I do love Nikons though and may some day get a digital SLR, especially if I decide to get more serious with my woodworking.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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mafe

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#7 posted 01-09-2011 02:53 AM

This is not a bad way eighter:

Ok just saw this under your video, and could not help my self….

Really nice precentation, and a wonderful chair.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Canadian Woodworks

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#8 posted 01-09-2011 11:57 PM

It’s one thing to make a chair dance, but a whole other story to get a rocking chair to dance…... (-:

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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mafe

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#9 posted 01-10-2011 12:00 AM

Big smile.
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 01-11-2011 10:58 PM

Love your chairs. Nice video, I managed to stop it, reverse it and forward it… great idea Paul. Tks for sharing.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#11 posted 01-20-2011 08:10 PM

Very nice. I am assuming you sell this chair. This a great way to show a product. Makes it stand out from the rest who have just a simple one angle picture.

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