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Blog entry by Don Kondra posted 05-20-2009 05:59 PM 3648 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch


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.

handmade furniture

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.

handmade furniture

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 :)

Hall table

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.

Coffee table

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.

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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#1 posted 05-20-2009 06:03 PM

Great projects super photography very cool

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#2 posted 05-20-2009 06:12 PM

Cool photography and projects…....nice use of Aussie timber.

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#3 posted 05-20-2009 06:18 PM

Amazing work, love the Hall table!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 05-20-2009 06:53 PM

Those are some fine projects. I’m impressed and glad for the show of your talent. The photography is a whole new craftsmanship. Thanks…...........

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 05-20-2009 06:56 PM

Beautiful photography and really excellant craftsmanship!

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#6 posted 05-20-2009 07:07 PM

Beautiful work deserves a high-end showcase. You’ve done the work and the quality of the photos does the work proud.


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#7 posted 05-20-2009 07:17 PM

Very nice photos for beautiful works!

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#9 posted 05-21-2009 04:30 AM

VERY nice Don … saw this earlier today and the sile legged table has really stuck with me
you are as good a photographer as a woodworker. great job.

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#10 posted 05-21-2009 06:51 PM

Thanks everyone for taking the time to comment.

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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