About the cabinet:
The veneering on the tabletop is a Chevron pattern. Some people refer to this design as a French Herringbone. This particular style looks awesome on hardwood floors.
For this project, I used Curly Figured American Walnut that I got from Certainly Wood. The quality of their veneers is excellent. I highly recommend them.
The finish I used is an oil-based varnish. The thing that I really like about varnish is that it tends to amber significantly in the first few months; which adds a lot of warmth to the strong character of the wood.
The hardware was hand-made out of brass and leather. The brass was finished to look antique. A great place to find hardware like this in the Twin Cities is Nob Hill.
About the video:
This is a 30 second HDR time-lapse that I filmed over the course of 23.5 hours. I mounted a Canon T2i on a custom-made ceiling mount directly above my workbench, and shot still images on a remote timer every minute for the entire process.
I bought a Tokina 10-17 f3.5-4.5 Fish Eye lens special for this particular shot, and I’m really glad I did. I love the way this lens bends the light and captures almost the whole shop.
I also used a Canon AC Adapter Kit for Rebel T2i. An advantage to having it plugged into a cord is that you are not moving the camera at all. Even a slight bump will show up in the final shot if you’re not careful.
This footage will be going into my upcoming demo reel when it’s complete. I can’t wait to finish this project; hopefully I’ll have all the shots I need by the end of the year!
What are the Whiskey Sessions?
The answer: Kicking it with my good friend Mike Prom, drinking Knob Creek, talking shop, and sketching out big ideas. The by-product of the first Whiskey Session was the hidden drawer mechanism that we collaborated on. Now we are working on our second project, a Mulit-Use Chair/Table. The design is pretty much ready to rock, and I will be starting on the prototype very soon. Once the prototype is complete, we may potentially do a production run of 100+, manufacturing all the parts using a multi-axis CNC router.
- Brian Grabski, author of the briangrabski.com, and president of Minneapolis-based designed & MADE Custom Woodworking. Specializing in custom cabinetry, furniture, and fine finishes, available at www.designedandmade.com. Brian can be reached at 612.702.9972 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
My favorite part about making custom furniture is the marketing aspect of it. I invest a lot of time and energy making videos that showcase my work with the help of my buddy Josh Van Patter. It is a really fun way to get the word out to a lot of people that there is a young guy in the Twin Cities who is making high-end custom furniture.
6 hours of heavy lifting for 7 seconds of footage, I love it!
I was approached by my friend Josh Van Patter to design him a dolly that could move a camera from point A to point B smoothly at a speed so slow it’s almost undetectable by the human eye. The purpose of this dolly is to capture time-lapse video.
The time-lapse video dolly is electronically controlled, allowing the user to adjust both the speed and direction of which the dolly travels. The dolly moves down pipe tracks at a rate of about 2’/hr. It is equipped with an electronic kill switch that cuts the power to the 1 RPM gear motor when the dolly reaches the end of the elevated tracks. This allows the user to set up the shot and leave without risking damage to the dolly and his equipment in the event the dolly overruns the length of the track.
What makes this dolly especially unique is its ability to accommodate curved tracks without binding or derailing. The dolly is designed on a three-wheeled platform. Two of the wheel sets guide the dolly on the outside rail, while the third wheel set assembly mounts to a telescoping arm that allows the dolly to accommodate for any discrepancies in the curved rails.
The dolly rides on a fully adjustable rail system that has the ability to break down for easy transportation. The pipe rails used are sturdy 1.375” OD steel pipes, the same that are used for commercial greenhouses. With the use of an industrial pipe bender, custom bent rails systems can be created to capture nearly any shot.