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COMMISSIONED HANDRAILS: my longest bent lamination of reclaimed old wood

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Project by NicoJose posted 456 days ago 2053 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.

-- Nico Jose; Designer/Maker &Artist www.s10-10.com





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 456 days ago

Looks great.

-- Chris K

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ohwoodeye

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#2 posted 456 days ago

Wow,
Very nice.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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DocSavage45

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#3 posted 456 days ago

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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tomakazi

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#4 posted 456 days ago

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 456 days ago

Great Job!

-- Dan Snow & Son Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#6 posted 456 days ago

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

-- ET1 (SS) Cowan, Bremerton, WA - (I'll come up with a witty quote later)

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BertFlores58

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#7 posted 456 days ago

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.
Mabuhay!

-- Bert

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Schwieb

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#8 posted 455 days ago

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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learnin2do

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#9 posted 454 days ago

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

-- christine

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#10 posted 451 days ago

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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