coffee and end table

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Project by alexsutula posted 06-03-2010 04:21 AM 2365 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have actually posted the pieces 2 time before with other backgrounds, these are by far my favorite. Hopefully I won’t have these to continually photography after this summer.

These are the links to the “other pics” it is amazing how much difference a good pic can make on a piece of furniture.

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 04:28 AM

These tables are knock outs ,way cool and beautiful

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 04:37 AM

Very true how much difference a good picture can make. These ones look very good.

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 05:02 AM

these are nice pieces, and good picture make all the difference, in the first few pics it looks like the RH handle is a little crooked, is that an optical illusion from photography?
what wood did you use for the spline mitres?

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 05:17 AM

Nice theme for the two pieces.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 05:19 AM

They are way too beautiful to chance putting a cup of coffee on them.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#6 posted 06-03-2010 05:24 AM

I wish I could write it off to photo illusions, but unfortunately, to my embarrassment, the handle is crooked. It is one of those things I have been meaning to fix, but haven’t.

And the splines are hard maple.

you have a too good of an eye, by they way.

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 05:36 AM

very nice

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 06:41 AM

great job and design.


-- Duane, Ohio

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#9 posted 06-03-2010 06:53 AM

very nice tables. the design is excellent.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 06-03-2010 12:41 PM

There’s another craft’s person here that uses contrast too. There is wood working, then there is craft and then there is art. You have created art. Your contrast is striking and your balance works for these pieces. But, next time try contrasts that are more subtle. There are few homes artistic enough for this to fit.

Now, don’t rest on your laurels, go back and redo these pieces but with a different mindset and create more art. This time, make your design work with an entire bedroom, for example and do your design before you start building.

Many homes today are designed with “open concept” where the living room, dining room and kitchen are all one large open space. You get some living room furniture, then dining room then something for the kitchen. They are usually incongruous and seldom work together. Your challenge is to take these three rooms and create a matching set: coffee table, end tables, sofa table, dining room table and chairs and buffet and kitchen cabinets. The danger here is that your design will be too much for the space. My “open concept” is 36’ long x 14’ wide. Although that seems large, when populated it isn’t and pieces clash very quickly. Sameness can also be overpowering.

I haven’t the technical skill to do what you do. However, I have worked for years “in three dimensions.” Everyone can “see” things in their mind. See what you want to create. Experiment and stretch and push and twist it in your mind, then put it on paper. Your practice is to take what you see and create it into what you can touch. Nothing beats a good set of plans, especially the budget.

I want to fly a concept past you and the other members here. For a long time I’ve been trying to reconcile the concept of “living treasures” into daily life. Everyone must have the right to earn a living. To do so, people must create art or produce usable product. If an artist created a masterpiece, he sells it and creates “prints” for the less moneyed market and post cards for the rest of us. The craft of woodworking needs something of similar ilk. I.e., you created art, you sell the original as art; you sell the plans to a manufacturer for a royalty; you then sell the concept to another manufacturer for the mass market. For this to work, there are too many artists and too few moneyed people. How can this be made to work? Limit the number of artists? Limit the number of moneyed people would be the best solution. Too much wealth is concentrated into too few hands and that is very bad for the economy.

Are there other options?

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#11 posted 06-03-2010 12:50 PM

all 6 projects you posted are fine examples of craftpersonship. Fantastic

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#12 posted 06-03-2010 06:19 PM

Hi Alex… Thanks for posting. Your right that the black background makes a difference.
Very nice craftmanship. The design and detail ,plus the wood choices are just great. Ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#13 posted 06-04-2010 01:46 AM

those pieces are awesome!! this is the kind of work i admire very much. Hopefully i can do something as nice as those, but for now im still getting my shop set up. Very good work

-- Eric

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#14 posted 09-19-2013 11:34 PM

Alex, on several of your projects you have some kind of beading detail in constrasting wood to make the drawer faces really pop from the apron. How do you construct that?

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