- Project Name: American Walnut Riser for Desktop in Stuart, FL
- Manufactured by: Carib Teak
- Project Date: June 26, 2019
- Wood Type: 4/4 American Walnut
- Location: Stuart, Fl
- Project time: 3 days
We began this order by pulling eight pieces of 4/4 American Walnut Hardwood 7″-8″ wide by 96″ long. The finished product needed to be 48″ long by 12″ wide by 3/4″ thick. The first step in the process was to plane the boards to the right thickness of 3/4″. When planing American Walnut Hardwood it is a very rough wood that can sometimes have many knots and wane on the edges of the boards. This roughness can sometimes take more passes through the planer than many other species of woods. This process is to ensure every board is the same thickness desired. After several passes we ultimately achieved the 3/4″ thickness needed. Once planing was completed we ran each board on the joiner to ensure a straight smooth edge along one side of the board. The next step was to cut each board to the proper length for the risers. The last step in milling was to cut each board to the proper width on the table saw. The total milling process took about 1.5 hours to complete. Now that we have smooth boards we are now ready for glue up.
We began the glue up process by matching up each board to ensure joints are tight as well as grain pattern looks appealing. This process is important to ensure there are few gaps and glue is holding each board securely. Once each riser is matched up we are ready to glue and clamp. We do this process again for each riser. Twenty four hours is needed to ensure each American Walnut riser is dry and secure. Clamps are removed and each riser is cut to exact length of 48″. The next step is to sand smooth. We start this process by using a 80 grit sand paper to ensure any excess glue and unevenness is eliminated. The sanding process continues by using a 120 grit and finishing it off with a 320 grit to create the smooth sheen feel. Once this process is done with each American Walnut riser the project is complete! The clients were very happy with the completed product ultimately giving them the space they needed.
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