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Old 10-10-2012, 05:44 PM
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So here's a short look at the process.
Here is a raw culm with a check split in place. Its purpose is to keep the culm from splitting in weird spots while its drying.
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Here's the culm flamed lightly on the enamel side as well as the pith side. This step drives out excess moisture and tempers the cane.
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From there the culm is split in half, thirds, and on down to strips just over .25"
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After that the nodal dam is removed from the pith side and the strips are straightened with a heat gun and the nodes get filed/sanded down. Then the nodes are staggered with a 3x3 pattern and numbered 1 3 and 5 then 2 4 and 6 (once they are ready for glue they are put back in numerical order to insure there are no nodes directly next to each other)
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On to roughing or using a beveler. Once the strips are straight and the nodes dressed, the strips are then brought to 60 degree equalaterial triangles.
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Now is when the wrist burning begins, the form is set to final demisions via push/pull screws set at 5 inch intervals with a dial depth indicator with a 60 degree point. (the pic is an old one but oh well)
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I work with two block planes, one is for general roughing (red) and the other a vintage Stanley 9 1/5 for final planing. Once the strip is within a few thousandths of finish dimensions the enamel side is then sanded down with 220 grt paper in a firm block. Then it gets finished off and taped in the order described above.
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