I finally made time to reshoot some of my work with my relatively new Alien Bees studio strobes and a “focus gray” paper backdrop.
First up, a small side table in colored and crackle lacquer. The rail joint is a half lap, rail to leg is mortice and tenon, the top is attached with bolts through hollow cylinders into insert nuts in the bottom of the top. The turned cones are press fit in case I ever want to undo the bolts to remove the top.
The base is BC maple and the top is Australian Orientalwood. The color of the top didn’t work for me so I sponge painted it with black gesso and topped it with lacquer.
A cherry entrance bench with brown leather seat. The leg to arm rest joint is a through, wedged tenon. The leg itself is tapered on one side and curved on the other. Oil and lacquer finish.
A hall/side table. The top is a single plank of walnut, the base is slightly spalted BC maple. I felt the slight gray streaks in the maple complemented the color of the walnut. The rail to leg joint is a through, wedged and pinned mortice. The base is a tapered half lap. Finish is Don Kondra’s Secret Magic Mix :)
And finally, a coffee table in air dried walnut. This is the same design as the Eucalyptus table that appeared in Fine Woodworking Magazine’s Readers Gallery. The stretcher is half lapped into the legs and there is a pin that goes through the stretcher into the legs to keep it from sliding down.. The joinery is full mortice and tenon but I have not glued it, there are screws from the top and bottom to allow it to be disassembled for shipping, etc… Finish is oil and lacquer.
When I was working with continuous lights I did my darndest to eliminate the shadows completely but now with the strobe lighting I am enjoying “using” them to create a mood and/or a third dimension.
-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker