Commissioned Side Tables

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Project by Don Kondra posted 11-11-2007 06:24 AM 2742 views 36 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an interesting process, kinda :)

A gallery I deal with asked if I could make two side tables in highly figured cherry, the design to be based on the shape of the leg of my entrance bench. They suggested a size and that’s all, no contact with the clients.

Normally I get to grill potential clients until I’m sure I know they understand all aspects of having a piece handmade. And I can get a feel for their budget and whether it’s worth my time to spend a day or so drawing, etc.

Anywho, went ahead and came up with a full scale drawing of what I would like to do, took a picture and e-mailed it to the gallery. And they accepted….

A friend offered to sell me a beautiful 8’ – 2” x 12” board for the tops and rails, I had a 8’ – 2” x 6” in stock for the legs..

The construction was fairly straight forward, the resawed and book matched tops have a slight arc (15 degrees) on the edges, the leg to rail is a loose spline joint. I cut the mortices in the legs while they were still square and I used a router jig to cut the mortices in the side rails.

All the curved parts were copy shaped with jigs on a shaper with straight bit and bearing…

Finish is Watco oil and sprayed lacquer.

I’ve been getting away without lights for taking pictures for “normal” work but this highly figured wood really should have had more light, sigh….

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker

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#1 posted 11-11-2007 06:27 AM

Don a great pair of tale. The design and grain is beautiful.

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2007 06:30 AM

very nice, Great grain pattern

-- bryano

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#3 posted 11-11-2007 06:31 AM

Truly beautiful. YOU are an American Craftsman.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 11-11-2007 06:34 AM

OK – just went to your website and bookmarked it. Correction- YOU are a Canadian Craftsman. Gotta go back over to your site and spend some time. I like your style.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 11-11-2007 06:44 AM

super stuff ! you are an awesome North American Craftsman

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 11-11-2007 02:03 PM

A great design, & craftsmanship!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 11-11-2007 05:11 PM


Beautiful design and spectacular wood!

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#8 posted 11-11-2007 06:08 PM

Ditto what Mark said!

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

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#9 posted 11-12-2007 03:39 AM

Don, I don’t give a hoot if you are from Antartica, you are a craftsman! That is some beautiful wood. I really like this style of table when done correctly, you did correctly. Exceptional.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 11-12-2007 10:52 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship – no matter which side of the border you live. I like the lines and beauty of the wood. Outstanding workmanship and design.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 11-12-2007 07:27 PM

Beautiful pair of tables. Great art. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Don Kondra

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#12 posted 11-14-2007 02:43 AM

Thanks for all the comments…

And thanks to Jojo who offered to photoshop my images to better show the figure of the wood.

Cheers, Don from the soon to be frozen Great White North :)

-- Don Kondra - Furniture Designer/Maker

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#13 posted 11-14-2007 05:29 AM

Wow – amazing wood and design work!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 11-14-2007 05:36 AM

Beautiful! Furniture Designer/Maker – describes you and your work perfectly.


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#15 posted 11-14-2007 06:57 PM

Beautiful work, Don.

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

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