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!
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!