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Time lapse Woodworking #11: Rocking Chair - Back Brace Bent Lamination

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Blog entry by Canadian Woodworks posted 02-22-2011 05:11 PM 2426 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: A Chair - Oil/Resin Finish Application Part 11 of Time lapse Woodworking series Part 12: Sanding a Maloof rocking chair seat »

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.

Hope you enjoy thanks for watching. Music was provided by WATASUN, good friends of mine currently touring in British Columbia, Canada. Check out there music at Watasun Music

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



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MayflowerDescendant

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#1 posted 02-22-2011 08:34 PM

As usual, AWESOME! Thanks for sharing / providing insight to your work and unique processes. Play safe.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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BigTiny

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#2 posted 02-22-2011 11:43 PM

Nice job, but I’d like to offer a suggestion; put both bottom lay ups in place on the mold, then a piece of waxed paper, then the upper lay ups. Then proceed as usual. This guarantees no sticking together.

I counted two dozen clamps in this production, proving once again the old saying “you can never have too many clamps!”.

We share not only our Canadian nationality (I’m in Winnipeg), but one of you shares a name with me.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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BigTiny

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#3 posted 02-22-2011 11:45 PM

By the way, it might be nice to see the finished product as well as the one part, as interesting as it was.

Thanks for sharing.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Bertha

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#4 posted 02-22-2011 11:46 PM

Very cool! Thanks for taking the time to put this together!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Canadian Woodworks

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#5 posted 02-22-2011 11:46 PM

Yes that would guarantee them not sticking together, we do this if the top or bottom lamination has a defect that would allow glue to go though, of course we try not to use pieces with defects, but some times they show up when re sawing.

Thanks for the tip BigTiny (-: Never stop learning!

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

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Dave

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 02:12 AM

great job I enjoyed the vid and the tunes. But my wife looked up with a strange look on her face like whats that. Its ok she listens to country and western!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Canadian Woodworks

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 03:03 AM

Maybe I’ll mix in some county and western next time…....... maybe (-:

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

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Qjon

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 05:34 PM

Very nice. Thank you for sharing. That clamping jig look quite similar to a VERY expensive piece of art I saw in a gallery some time ago. :)

Jon

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Hal Taylor

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#9 posted 01-20-2012 03:21 PM

Very nice! Where did you learn to make rocking chairs?

-- Hal, VA, http://www.haltaylor.com

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#10 posted 06-19-2012 12:37 AM

And above all.. staying true to the canadian heritage … using hockey sticks as the side brace to line up your back braces…LOL

Great video Paul.

Gator

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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