Entrance Bench

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Project by Don Kondra posted 10-06-2007 06:35 AM 5653 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fact of life for me is doing limited production work. This is the latest version of my entrance bench.

Cherry with black leather seat. The fun is the through wedged tenons on the handles.

The legs are curved in one dimension and tapered on the other…

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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#1 posted 10-06-2007 09:54 AM

Very nice job Don.

What’s that machine I spot in the background, a horizontal belt sander?

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#2 posted 10-06-2007 11:43 AM

I really like this… love the leather and the contrast of colour created… and the curves.. and.. and… and…

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 10-06-2007 11:59 AM

That’s nice work Don, I love the lines. The legs being tapered on the bottom and curved at the top really got my attention.

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

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#4 posted 10-06-2007 12:39 PM

Really cool Don. The lines on that piece are very well though out and very well executed.

I am still scared of curved work. Mayne that would change is I started trying some.

Keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#5 posted 10-06-2007 01:30 PM


I’ve taken some time to study all of your projects. All outstanding! You’ve got the design eye I’m trying to achieve.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 10-06-2007 04:12 PM

Really nice piece, Don!

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

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#7 posted 04-15-2008 09:45 PM

Beautiful Bench, mon ami.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#8 posted 04-15-2008 09:53 PM

Another beautiful piece Don. Your work is outstanding!

-- Bill, Florida

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#9 posted 04-16-2008 06:26 PM

Thanks very much everyone for the comments

Jojo, sorry for the delay in answering, sigh….

The machine is a home made stroke sander, not by me though. When I was doing a lot of solid case work it kept me from returning to an office job… as if I’d still be employable. Lots of sanding is BORING but it must be done correctly.

Even for things like door parts, I do the sanding before assembly and just be careful with the clamps.

To give you an idea, a dining room table top used to take the better part of a day to final sand, now it takes less than two hours.

Stroke sander

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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