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Curly maple veneer and solids.

The concept was to create a cabinet that appeared to have been crushed. The math didn’t work out but this is the result of the design process.

Basically the top is 3” wider than the bottom and the left side is 3” lower than the right side. That leaves one square corner to work with :)

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker

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#1 posted 10-06-2007 05:56 AM

An interesting design. are the knobs also at different heights.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 10-06-2007 06:06 AM

Donkon -

You might want to consider checking out the Fine Woodworking section In The News – Wanted Original Furniture Designs

Fine Woodworking Original Furniture Design

Very nice work!


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Don Kondra

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#3 posted 10-06-2007 06:26 AM

Hay Karson,

The knobs follow a line from the top of the front legs, I also mistakenly posted the before picture… I installed brass knobs and upon further reflection took them off and turned some from East Indian Rosewood. A much better solution.

Thanks David,

I’ve had an article published in #135 and a piece in the Reader’s Gallery in #185 along with mention in an article about Saskatchewan woodworkers Sandor did in #75.

It’s great for bragging rights but hasn’t done a thing for generating new work.

NOT that I’m complaining but my efforts lately are focused on generating sales so I can continue to eat and make new work :)

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker

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#4 posted 10-06-2007 12:10 PM

Now that one makes ya look twice! Legs at varying heights, angles everywhere, contrasting colors. Whether the math works or not the cabinet is great!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#5 posted 10-06-2007 01:13 PM

great concept and perfect execution!

Love it.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 10-06-2007 03:36 PM

Now that’s unique! I can see that you and Gord know each other. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-06-2007 04:23 PM

Don, you do some amazing work. It’s not to my taste, (so my wife tells me) but just really eye catching things. Thanks for posting!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 10-06-2007 04:33 PM


Great piece! I really like well-done asymmetrical pieces.

Did you consider trying to have the shelves inside the left and right doors at different levels? That would probably require a vertical divider inside, and a lot more work. But I’d think that would really pull viewers close to see what’s going on inside.

-- johnjoiner

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#9 posted 10-06-2007 04:43 PM

Wonderful. Very innovative.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 11-14-2007 06:45 AM

........LOVE IT….....awesome contemporary piece…

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#11 posted 11-14-2007 06:55 AM

So just build the cabinet normal and get some minimum wage guys to goof around and drop it off the truck! LOL
Very cool design!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Dan'um Style

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#12 posted 11-23-2007 04:09 AM

very nice photo. a real show piece !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 03-03-2012 04:38 AM

This is awesome. Good work!

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