joe mendel

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  • Birthday 02/15/1959

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    Western New York
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    Making period furniture as a professional

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  1. Thank you. Please pass along the YouTube for me. It helps to bring in business.
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    Over the past decade this was a reliable seller from the shop. I make them in cherry, walnut, and walnut with curly maple spindles. I don't like to deviate from those species because they fit into my supply of "green" materiel and works well in my business model. I make them twice a year and I make two of each species variants. I have a quasi assembly line production worked out so I can get six of them done in a month. There is a small process photo album in the Advance Woodworking section of this site of a walnut & maple rocker being built.

    © Chair & Photo by Joe Mendel

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    It is a Frankenstein. Elements from various Connecticut Windsor examples.
  4. I use 1/16" veneer. It is thin enough to bend and it will take less sheets to achieve the desired thickness. You just have more layers to glue. For a bent lamination the West System of epoxy is the best which I have used.
  5. Ha thanks! My lovely wife thinks there is a smig of crazy mad scientist in me somewhere.
  6. There are great deal of apparatus which were conceived but not implemented. I would make the base just 18" tall which would offer two more levels, and use six legs rather than a column. I also would do a solid dome instead of the ogee brackets and place a more predominate rotunda. I would also make the inlay on the tiers more complex. I am happy with the bracket clock, I might up size the carcass from a 8" x 8" x 4" to a 10" x 10" x 5" cabinet. Oh well, maybe during the next pandemic...
  7. Thanks. Next one that I will build I won't hold back on the design.
  8. By detractors I am referring to those whom pointed out my internet faux pas in regarding to how I posted information. There is a whole lot of internet protocols which I am, (without malice or intent), ignorant too. I really do try not to have a misstep, but I still find I have to scrap shit off of my shoes now and then. It takes me an inordinate amount time to photograph a process, and even longer to sift through them and make them tell a story in pictures. My photos are for an audience with zero to less than zero knowledge of the craft. In this forum I am addressing those who have some level of mechanical aptitude, however, I did not take the time to alter my presentation to a knowledgeable audience. that is a miscalculation on my part, and I should have taken the time to cultivate a message catered to working person's level of interest. I am glad that the video was worth your time watching. I am not Francis Ford Coppola, but at least most of the scenes are held steady. Honestly, I struggled on taking pictures and video of this sculpture because I purposely designed the M7 so the viewer had to look around and underneath elements to see the hidden aspects. I wish I had had the fore site and funds necessary to hire a real video photographer.
  9. I consider going to the lumber yard, hardware store, and the drafting table as work hours, but tumbling the project in my mind all day does not increase the total. Considering those activities as well as making sawdust in the shop, this took me 1,500 hours, or the whole time I was in COVID lock down. It was a great way to ignore the whole pandemic and still be productive while being told I could not interact with people.
  10. This is the final post of my M7 Clock. To my detractors, I am sorry that I posted this project in multiple posts. I posted over 200 pictures over the past few weeks, and I thought that one post would be too large. I am not sure that posting as I have with this project is the way I should have shared this information. I am not a professional internet influencer, I am a woodworker and I am just trying to share my work. The attached YouTube video was filmed by myself, also I am an amateur photographer , and a first time user of a GoPro. I do hope that the video is representative enough of the complex action of the sculpture.
  11. This is the sixth side of the M7 along with a list of the woods used in the construction.
  12. I hone the edges almost constantly on a strop. I found that the polishing compound sold by Tormex works great on a flat leather strop. I only use the Tormex wet grinder if and when something goes terribly wrong with my edge. Most times a few passes on a white, then black Arkansas oil stone, regenerates my chisel edges.
  13. This side hosts the only painted element of my entire design. The bridge is made from 1/16-inch maple veneer that I glued up into shop fabricated plywood. I needed there to be zero voids in the plywood, and I wanted to manage the overall thickness and trustworthiness of it having a minimum of seasonal wood movement. As a woodworker I prefer traditional furniture styles, methods of construction, and finishes, which is why the bridge was finished with white milk paint. I have used Swiss pear wood in projects in the past because I completely appreciate the color and the grain texture. This was the first time that I carved the material, and I was very pleased with the response of the wood. I am planning on carving the same design on a larger scale for a wall mirror, again utilizing Swiss pear wood.