|Project by Don Kondra||posted 11-11-2007 06:24 AM||3099 views||40 times favorited||35 comments|
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….
-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker