$4000 Block of Wood

  • Am Vor Monat

    Blacktail StudioBlacktail Studio

    This week I take an old chunk of walnut that I have had for a few years and turn it into a $4000 fireplace mantel for a customer across the country.

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    0:00 Intro
    0:23 Backstory on this log/mantel
    1:25 Wood cleanup
    2:12 Sealing the slab/epoxy pour
    3:40 Extreme epoxy leak
    4:55 Bold request, giveaway details
    6:20 Planing and jointing
    8:48 Router trick
    10:50 Sander Trick
    11:35 Floating shelf bracket install
    14:06 Dutchman joint inlay
    17:05 Block plane and sanding
    18:19 Finish the mantle (round 1)
    19:20 Big little mistake
    20:47 Final reveal

    Items used in this build (some alternatives given due to supply chain issues):
    Deep pour epoxy: amzn.to/3CEikFK
    Moisture meter (similar): amzn.to/3nipNEv
    C-channels: conceptthirteen.ca?ref=btjrt2...
    Angle grinder: amzn.to/3pu2iXZ
    Track saw: www.timberwolftools.com/mafel...
    Table top epoxy (touch-ups/fast): amzn.to/3asufLq
    CA glue: amzn.to/3tiiKNu
    Sandpaper eraser: amzn.to/2Zf2rr5
    Threaded inserts: conceptthirteen.ca?ref=btjrt2...
    Festool sander: amzn.to/3gVnlBg
    Lightstick (now $55): amzn.to/3faMWFu
    Rubio Monocoat: amzn.to/3bBBz6J
    Gem buffer: amzn.to/2N6qWRt
    Photography light (similar): amzn.to/2RjiMqp
    Router: amzn.to/3HI6yxf
    Flush trim bit: amzn.to/3r4OA26
    White buffing pads: amzn.to/3u85vzV
    3M sandpaper: amzn.to/2ZbLQ7x
    Auger bit: amzn.to/312dlRZ
    Sandpaper storage: amzn.to/3D7BV0P

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Flammable Maths
Flammable Maths

Excellent work, Cam <3

Trent Lawson
Trent Lawson

Derby Western Australia ;)

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Perry Risberg
Perry Risberg

Very good job on a huge POS walnut. I have been doing something similar on an altogether different types pieces of wood for a few years and I enjoyed watching someone else taking something that most woodworkers would throw out and making a Masterpiece out of it. I owned a sawmill for years and used plastic end "Bow ties" in the end of saw logs to keep the cracks from getting wider before we sawed them. Used to use a hammer that was built just for this job to one hit them into the end of the log. Called "Flitch Savers". Plastic bow ties were so that we could saw threw them with the blade. I think that I paid over $200 for the hammer. Should have worked for the gov't. Really enjoyed your video.

Vor 21 Stunde
Michelle Telli
Michelle Telli

Excellent, video, I just seen your work for the first time , and really enjoy seeing your passion for the wood trade. I also appreciate your honesty in admitting your mistakes, and am appreciative for the explanations given to correct them , lord knows we all make plenty of mistakes in the process. Beautiful work , I only wish I would’ve know of your videos sooner. Keep up the good work buddy. Thank you.

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Curtis Prince Music
Curtis Prince Music

Beautiful work! I have that little Lie Nielsen plane too. I use it all the time, it’s one of my favorite pieces. Along the lines of “being perfect” you were talking about when you were drilling the holes for the mounting plate. While I, like you, strive for the perfect holes, the perfect squaring, the perfect alignment, etc. I’ve also adopted an idea from the man that taught me timber framing many years ago. Trust your process, be confident in your ability, then have the awareness and modesty to live with your limitations, be it from your tools, your shop or your ability. I’ve seen amazing projects come out of some tiny shops, with limited tooling There’s always “hand” in the work, as there should be. That said, as you do, always strive for perfection. For me, seeing the project finished, before I’ve even begun, is how I cross the finish line with the best results. There’s no substitute for great joiners vision. Thanks! I subscribed, and really like your process, attitude, professionalism, skill, and artistic vision.

Vor 19 Stunden
Al Uliasz
Al Uliasz

Love your videos! You have mad skills... I have a few 4x6 timbers that were semi-rotted floor joists from a 300 year old house here in CT. I think they're elm, I want to do something cool with them like this. Thanks for the inspiration. So glad I found your channel!

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Christopher Perisho
Christopher Perisho

Hey Cam, I just recently made a mantel with a hidden bracket too! I made the mistake of not oversizing the holes which made getting it mounted interesting. One thing I did right was to buy a Wood Owl bit for drilling the holes. Basically an oversized auger bit with more of a brad point on it. Cuts incredibly well, and it does not have the screw threads so it doesn’t pull itself through the wood. That helps with not jacking your wrist so bad!

tHE HECk
tHE HECk

Happy for you, showing us craftmanship, the thought process and making this happen. It really does look beautiful and all, but...we all have priorities in life, I guess. A $4000 fireplace mantle? I guess it's a rich man's world. I'm having a hard time with that.

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Felipe Orbaneça Mania
Felipe Orbaneça Mania

It turned out great. I'm just jealous of the big amount of (huge) tools that you have!

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D. Newsome
D. Newsome

Worst place? Inside a washer spray booth at a silk screen company where we washed out old screens with "pink pudding" and a high pressure hose.

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Washman 1000
Washman 1000

This is the first video of yours I have seen and you're producing quite a nice piece of art here. You most definitely deserve a premium price for this mantel piece after the time you put in. I'm happy there are still some customers that prefer some American made art like this instead of some Chinese made Home Depot/Lowes special.

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Jesse Threebeards (Tribute)
Jesse Threebeards (Tribute)

From a business standpoint, this setup you got is genius. First you make money on sales, then you make money on showing video of the product being made, as well as (I assume) sponsorships for the tools to do the work. Brilliant, honestly.

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Rafael Mira
Rafael Mira

If there is something I admire about you Cam, it is the dedication and professionalism in each of the jobs you do. Spectacular piece, thank you for your time in narrating every second of the process, and even more important for me, is that you share your mistakes, no matter how small; now I no longer think of burning it all when one of my projects goes wrong, ah, ah, ah !!

David
David

Have you ever tried using something like an expanding foam (great stuff, etc.) in those bigger cavities first to seal the bottoms and fill in the gap partially, then top with epoxy? Just curious.

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rick f
rick f

your skill set is utterly mesmerizing and hard to stop watching, its like watching a great painting being created, bravo... what a gift to the client

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Ryan Simpson
Ryan Simpson

I so want to have a mancave/shop of my own one day. Woodworking is so enjoyable.

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Joey Canfield
Joey Canfield

Oil Patch's out in West Texas and New Mexico in the middle of a sand storm.

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Peter Sorgi
Peter Sorgi

So I thought woodworking was pretty therapeutic and loved it as a hobby before, but the narration + video work here and then the transparency in the humble request for a subscription ... not only did you get me to subscribe to anyone/a channel wife first time, I think you might have restored my faith in humanity as a bonus side effect, dude!

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Fifth Business
Fifth Business

From Canada, and you’ve definitely earned my subscription! Excellent - and remarkable - work (though I’m somewhat envious of your shop and the tools at your disposal! But you’ve clearly earned them, and more). The way you are able to condense all that work into 20+ minutes of HD video is great. Wonderful editing!

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