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Woodworking

Woodworking

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- [Voiceover] Hi, guys. I'm in Oakland, the jewel of the Bay. I am here to visit Aleksandra Zee. She's a woodworker extraordinaire, who I've been stalking all over social media for a while. She makes all this incredible art. We're gonna go visit her in her beautiful studio. I can't wait to see what she's making. Let's go meet her. - Aleksandra. - [Aleksandra] Hi. - Hi. How ya doin'? - [Aleksandra] Good, how are you? - Great. - Come on in. - [Woman] Thank you. - Welcome to the wood shop. - Oh, my God. This is so dreamy. Is this a dog house? - That's Jack's house, that's where he resides. Jack, go to your house. Good boy. - [Woman] Oh, my God. - [Aleksandra] Let's get you an apron -- - [Woman] Ooh. - [Aleksandra] So you don't get all dirty. Alright. - So, Aleksandra, I love everything you do. So gorgeous and beautiful. Can you show me how to make something, 'cause I don't know how to make anything, at all. - What about a cutting board? Something that -- - [Laura] Yeah. - You can use in your everyday thing. - Yeah. So what kind of wood is this? - We've got some red gum Mississippi. Something a little bit important, before you want to pick wood for a cutting board. I would go with a hard wood, just so, you know, when you're slicin' and dicin', that you're not gonna leave marks. What we're gonna do is, we're gonna glue these two pieces together, and that'll make so we have a nice, wide surface of whatever shape we wanna cut our cutting board out of. - [Laura] So we're gonna sand that down, so you can't really see where it's two different boards. - It's gonna disappear. Alright, so we can move onto gluing it up. If you want to go ahead and grab the glue, I'm gonna grab clamps, and I'll meet you back. - Okay. - [Aleksandra] Alright. Let's get started. - I'm so excited. - What we're gonna do is, we're gonna glue one side. If you want, go ahead and put a good, healthy, little strip. - [Laura] Is that an okay amount? - [Aleksandra] Yeah. - [Laura] Okay, it's like frosting. - It is like frosting. - Thank you. - That was close. We're just gonna smooth it out here with our fingers. Make it so we can get a nice, even connection when we clamp these together. Next, we're gonna get 'em nice and in line. You can, if you'd like, buy a bigger piece of wood, but it's a little bit more expensive. This is good, if you have scrap wood, you don't even have to use the exact same wood. - This is like an affordable, DIY kind of board. - Yes, definitely. I just thought was real pretty. - It's very pretty. - A little trick about clamping it, you're gonna want to do every other way. I've got a loose clamp right now, so we're gonna tighten as we go, so we can make it even. - Oh. So you're gonna put the other one, like this. - Yes, just so we can get it as even as possible, just so it's gonna be a nice, flat surface, and not have any, kind of, wonky wobble. - [Laura] Mm-hmm. - We've got them all on here. Now, what we're gonna do is, we're gonna tighten it. See how there's little beads right here? - [Laura] Mm-hmm. - We're gonna want to see a little bit of that, all throughout the crack, but not too much. If we put too much pressure, then it's just gonna pop. - So it coming up kind of means, that it's tight enough. - Yes. - [Laura] Okay. - Now we're just gonna gently tighten it. You can see that it's starting. - Ooh, I love this. - [Aleksandra] Yeah. Get this one, okay. - [Voiceover] So you have to do each one, a little bit. - [Aleksandra] Yes. - [Voiceover] And then start back at the first one. - Mm-hmm. Alright, this is lookin' pretty good. - Would you wipe that away now, or does that come off later? - Yes, wipe it off. And it doesn't matter if it gets wet, 'cause it's got 24 hours to dry. - Okay, how does that look? - That looks perfect. In lieu of you coming, I had another board prepped, 'cause this one needs to sit for 24 hours. - Great. - So, I'm going to attempt to move this, without it popping off. Ta-da! - Ooh, pretty. And this is the same wood? - It is the same wood. You dried pretty nicely. So, I thought maybe we would do some nesting triangles. Ones that sit on top of each other, so I've got a little template made. - [Laura] Like little Russian nesting dolls. - Yes. Got this all marked with my top, and bottom, and things. - [Laura] Ooh. And then you're just gonna trace around? - [Aleksandra] We're just gonna trace it. - [Laura] Mm! - Alright, so, what's next is, we're gonna use the saw to cut these bad boys. Just for safety, I've got some glasses, for your eyes. - I love it. - And then, a hair tie, to put that hair up. - So I get to turn into you, basically. - [Aleksandra] This is a miter saw. Keep your fingers away from the blade. - Okay. - Your hand is gonna be there, that's your steady hand, and that's gonna push down, and also against the back guard. You're gonna get it started before you get close to the wood, 'cause it needs to pick up enough speed to make a dent in the wood. You think you got it? - Yeah, I'll give it a shot. - [Aleksandra] Alright. - I might be a little clunky, but. Ooh! I love it. - I am going to cut the other angle. I'm gonna handle it, because it's with my left hand, and it can be a little bit tricky. - Okay. It's just so satisfying. - So satisfying. - [Laura] Yeah! Triangle, to the stars. - That's it! We're done. Next, we're gonna sand. So, I've got these two portable sanders. - Huh-ho! - For us. - Great. - And then, three different kinds of sandpaper. First up, we are going to use the 80 grit. The 80 grit is gonna take it a down a lot. - So it's like the roughest sandpaper? - It's the roughest one. We're gonna do it to both sides. We're gonna move on to the 150 grit, which is gonna start to refine it. Then, to finish it with a quick 220, is gonna make it so you're just gonna want to rub it on your face. - I can't wait for that. - One more safety trick, before we sand. Masks. These are super comfortable. - [Laura] So ready. - [Aleksandra] Alright, so, you're gonna want to pick up your sander, before you turn it on. - [Laura] Okay. - [Aleksandra] Or else, it'll fly away. - [Laura] Okay. - [Aleksandra] Alright, let's do it. Feel how smooth it's getting? - [Laura] Ooh, it's so buttery. We gotta rip these babies off. - [Aleksandra] This is the best part. Feels so good. - [Laura] Mm-hmm. - [Aleksandra] Alright, we just have our last step. - [Laura] Do we get to take these off yet? - Yes, we do. Time to condition. - Ooh. - We've got our all natural beeswax butcher block conditioner. - Cool. So you don't have to stain it or anything? - Nope, we're just gonna rub some beeswax, and vitamin E in there, and it's gonna bring out all the natural colors. - [Laura] Ooh! - [Aleksandra] Yes. Alright, rub it on in. - [Laura] Just like circular motions? - [Aleksandra] Yeah. - [Laura] Ooh! It's so cool, 'cause you can finally see all the wood grain. - [Voiceover] Yeah. - [Voiceover] Wow. - [Aleksandra] Flip it. You can pour it on there this time. You can always add more. - So what's the best way to do the sides? - Probably just squirt it a little bit, on your rag, and then rub it on in. - [Voiceover] Oh, okay. - You're gonna want to do this a couple times. - So like, put a coat on, let it soak in for awhile, put another coat on. - Exactly. Look at that. - It's beautiful. - Gorgeous. You can't see the seam, look. - [Laura] Yeah. - [Aleksandra] We did a good job. - You really can't, which is so cool. I love it. - Nice work. - Thank you. Can I buy these off of you? - You can have them. - Really? - [Aleksandra] Mm-hmm. - Okay. Alright, Aleksandra Zee. Thanks for having us.

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