Videos

Mulsanne Steering Wheel made with Sapelli Pommele (video)

by Rau April 23, 2013
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If you want a new Bentley Mulsanne with Sapelli Pommele trim, and a matching steering wheel to match, Bentley will ask you to select a different wood. That’s when you contact us, to get a wheel like this…

Rau Custom Picnic Tables (video)

by Rau April 9, 2013
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Over the years, we’ve become experts in picnic table repair and fabrication, and this selection of picnic tables is a sample of the many picnic tables that we’ve created over the years…

Learn about Rolls-Royce and Bentley Picnic Tables (video)

by Rau February 4, 2013
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The picnic tables found in Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles from the late 1950s and 1960s are beautiful, and have unique obstacles for refinishers…

Custom Steering Wheels for the New 2013 Range Rover (video)

by Rau January 29, 2013
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The 2013 Range Rover has been released into the wild, and enthusiasts love the redesign. The vehicle has only been on the showroom floor a few months, and someone already sent us a steering wheel to customize. Seeing how it’s our first time working on this redesigned wheel, we thought it deserved its own blog post…

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by Rau January 22, 2013

Pearlescent Tiger Maple 2013 Range Rover Sport (video)

by Rau January 17, 2013
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This 2013 Range Rover Sport interior featuring pearlescent tiger maple is far beyond what is offered from the factory. Most people don’t know you can have an interior like this. The majority of Range Rover “Enthusiasts” don’t even know you can have a custom interior, but you can!

2012 Year in Review (video)

by Rau January 2, 2013

The Year 2012 is over, and we’ve made many videos. Here’s a little review of the videos from 2012. Happy New Year from Rau.

Porsche Panamera

by Rau December 28, 2012
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For the past several decades, if you wanted a Porsche sedan, you were out of luck. That changed in 2009 when Porsche introduced the Panamera at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in Shanghai China….

Damaged Wood

by Rau November 1, 2012
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One day in October, we received three damaged trim pieces from three different dealerships from across the country…

Custom Bentley Mulsanne Steering Wheel (video)

by Rau September 21, 2012
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The Bentley Mulsanne is quickly becoming a very popular model for the famous car marque. Soon one smart driver will be driving with a custom piano black steering wheel. ..

Bentley Azure – MEGA WHEEL! (Video)

by Rau September 10, 2012
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It’s no secret to fans of our blog that we make many custom steering wheels. This Bentley Azure steering wheel is just one example of the several very unique custom steering wheels we’ve made recently, but this wheel is more than just another custom William Rau steering wheel…

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Wood (video)

by Rau July 30, 2012
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When buying a used car, even a Bentley or Rolls-Royce, there are things most buyers know to look for. Maybe they’ll kick the tires, maybe they’ll check the fluids, and maybe they’ll check the upholstery for damage, but few know what to look for when looking at used wood trim. Hopefully this video series can give you a little bit of advice on what to keep an eye out for when shopping for your next used Bentley or Rolls-Royce automobile…

RANGE ROVER WEEK

by Rau July 23, 2012
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All of Range Rover Week is found within this one post…

Rolls-Royce Corniche with Picnic Tables (video)

by Rau July 16, 2012
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There are a lot of makeover shows on TV these days. There are shows about home makeovers, personal makeovers, bar makeovers, and car makeovers, like one of the show we were a part of “Pimp My Ride”. These shows all show the after, or the “reveal” at the end. Why? It’s not as much of a surprise if everyone knows the surprise is coming at the end of the show. We’ve recently refinished a set of wood from a Rolls-Royce Corniche, and here’s the beautiful after…

Rolls-Royce 1972 Silver Shadow gets Personalized (video)

by Rau July 8, 2012
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Based on our extreme before and after photos, some may think William Rau Automotive Woodwork only does makeovers on wood that’s badly damaged, but this is not true. We often work on wood that looks almost as good as it did when it was brand new. Some owners grow tired of their wood, some want something new, or on the rare occasion, they have another car and they want the woods to match. The wood from this Silver Shadow (later named the Silver Wraith) with the long wheelbase was in good condition but the owner wanted a personalized interior with more visually interesting wood treatment…

BMW 650i 2012 interior wood makeover (video)

by Rau July 5, 2012
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On this blog and on our YouTube channel we often highlight work done for Bentleys and Rolls-Royces. Sometimes we show wood for Range Rovers or Mercedes-Benz we have worked on. On the rare occasion, we’ll show work we’ve done for a Packard. BMW lovers may feel left out, but hopefully not for long. Many of our customers come to us with older cars; 10, 20, 30, and even 100 years old; but often our customers come to us with new cars like this 2012 BMW 650i…

Bespoke Steering Wheels for Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes (video)

by Rau June 14, 2012
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A trio of bespoke wood and leather steering wheels from 1959-2009 displaying a few design possibilities for airbag, and pre-airbag steering wheels.

Shown: a Bentley GT steering wheel in Piano Black with Mother of Pearl Inlays, a Rolls-Royce Shadow steering wheel from the mid 1960s-70s with Walnut Burl and leather, as well as a Mercedes 1959 220s steering wheel also with Walnut Burl and leather…

Steam Bending (video)

by Rau June 10, 2012
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Steam bending is a centuries old technique for bending solid lumber. Steam bending has been used to shape wood for automobiles since the dawn of the automobile industry…

Rolls-Royce 1991 Corniche wood evaluation: A New Discovery (video)

by Rau May 7, 2012
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While working on this 1991 Rolls-Royce Corniche door cap a discovery was made. Watch this video for an explanation…

Rolls-Royce Steering Wheel Before and After (video)

by Rau April 25, 2012
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It’s hard to believe that you would find a plastic steering wheel inside of an otherwise beautiful Rolls-Royce automobile, but that’s what you would find in a Silver Shadow from the mid 1960s…