Monday, July 11, 2011

Sculpted Mahogany Vanity - Sculpting!

Finally getting to the sculpting! In this episode, we transfer a pattern I drew to the panels then mark them for pre-sculpting. The pre-sculpting is done with a router so I took the opportunity to give you a side-by-side view of the OF-1400 vs the OF-2200 each working a panel. The dust collection on both is fantastic.

Then comes the sculpting of each panel. In real-time, each panel took close to an hour depending on the complexity.  I won't put you through watching an hour of sanding :)  The clip is about 4 minutes to highlight certain aspects of the shaping process. I have a couple tips to share about using the RAS-115 and RO-90 at the end that get demonstrated.

Lastly, you get to see the three panels side-by-side in a fairly rough state; the embossing will be lowered considerably, but I talk about some effects I can use while they are still pronounced.

This week, I'll work on removing the old vanity as I need to get any plumbing changes done first before planning the depth of the drawers.  My neighbor (my plumber) has been out for a week so I'm behind on this!  Once the drawer sizes are decided, we'll go through doing those.  In spare time (!!) I'll complete the shaping of the panels as they won't be needed until after the drawers are built.

In the video, I mention using Iwasaki rasps and plane files.  I got some of mine through Highland Woodworking. D'oh! I shouldn't have gone there to get the link... there are so many more I'm interested in for other projects :)  Even if you don't plan on shaping anything, I'd recommend getting a set of the very fine files.  With the flat one, you can adjust tenons very quickly, clean mortise sides, and any number of other 'flat' corrections.  You'll be impressed by how they cut.

So scratch-n-sniff an offcut of Mahogany for that right-in-the-action sensation! Cue it up...

Now earlier this week, someone on the FOG had some questions about handling the RO-90 especially in rotary mode.  They wanted to see some raw footage basically so I took the raw footage of sculpting, removed the RAS-115, and sped it up.  Are you an insomniac? This is the cure!  Again, it is raw footage so just me sanding with the RO-90 for 8 minutes... the tune is good, though!


  • Anonymous said...

    hey paul,
    great video, which mode did you use use the ro-90.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Thanks! All the sculpting work was done in rotary mode with the exception of the brief part with the delta head. All the 'rounds' were on the same panel, but sometimes cleaning up the rough left by the RAS with the RO-90 made it easier to see where I was going.

  • Brian Q said...

    Isn't it wonderful shaping when it's 105 + monsoon humidity? How is your take on the Japanese file/rasps? I have been using a Nicholson #49 for a chair i'm building and i'm finding that it requries a bunch of work afterword to get the gouges left by the rasp. By the way the vanity looks awesome.

  • HalfInchShy said...

    Oh, yeah, monsoon humidity but we didn't get the rain! I'm okay with monsoon humidity if we get the storm afterwards.

    I have a Nicholson #49 and #50 and find that there's a lot of work afterwards, definitely. These Japanese plane files are like mini planes as the teeth are all sharp edges set on a pretty decent attack. Iwasaki have rasps as well although I didn't pull those out. The Japanese rasps I have cut quickly and cleanly. Once I got them and tried them out, I don't use the others very often; too much extra work!

    In your case, you're close enough you could come by to try them out.

  • Brian said...

    Great video! I love the close up shots with the explanations as well as the gratuitous Megan. I had a "Camera 1, Camera 2" moment with the dueling routers. Also love the water/weight trick to keep things flat. Brilliant!

  • rmac said...

    Hey, thanks for the shot of all three panels at once. That really shows how nifty it's going to be when it's all put together. The gratuitous shot of the Windows (tm) logo at 17:06 was a nice touch as well.

    -- Russ

  • Mark Rhodes said...

    I think that is very cool...s'gonna look superb. Will you be hand cutting, or using that bridge city do-dah for the drawers?

  • HalfInchShy said...

    As I get back to shaping it more, I may take pictures along the way for a brief bit in the next video; I like contemporary stuff.

    Mark: yes and yes :)

    I have 6 drawers to make and my intention is to hand-cut them 6 different ways with a separate video for each. One of the 6 will be "hand-cut" (no plug) on that Bridge City do-dad. I like that name; it might stick!

    Brian: yes, the water-tent trick works wonders... out here. Might be worth trying it out where you are at; remember that here it is always dry! I was thinking I shouldda done a small sketch of why I think it works so well; I can add that to the episode when I resaw the drawer stock as I have to do that after resawing, too.

    ...and as of last night, all 3 panels are still just as flat and they have been out on display on the bench since the filming (work... uhg...) so it wasn't a temporary trick either.

    So... the Megan cameo was accidental. That's from John E's blog; whenever I read the new entries there, I scroll down to the entry with that picture (dunno why I'm drawn to it :-P) When I started editing, decided to not go redo the scene. Maybe Megan will be impressed and drop by or something...

  • Vic Hubbard said...

    That's gonna be phenomenal, Paul! Sculpting is one of the things I want to eventually add to my work. It really makes people want to touch. Festool should really be paying you big money!! Thanks for the constant high quality entertainment and instruction!

  • Steve said...

    The sculpting is going to be great, and something I never would have considered before seeing this.
    I live in the high desert, about 30 miles north of Palm Springs, so I really appreciate seeing what you did with the water sprayer. I am still waiting for the tabletops for a couple of nightstands I'm working on to flatten back out after the monsoon weather we had last week.
    Thanks and keep up the great work.