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Project by Kaleo posted 01-25-2007 10:44 AM 3207 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello to all-

My name is Kaleo Kala, and I have just joined this forum. I hope to meet some great people and learn from you all. Here are some of my latest projects.

These are a few pictures of a recent hall table that I made. It was inspired by some work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The goal was to make something different.

It was made with ebonized Tasmanian Blackwood and Huon Pine. The drawers are lined with felt. The back design was all cut with individual pieces with to 45 degree cut, thus forming a 4 way miter on all the joints, which are held with a floating tenon.

Please let me know what you all think.

-- Kaleo ,

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#1 posted 01-25-2007 01:23 PM

very sleek looking and unique. This must be the number one conversation piece, talked about by your guests.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 01-25-2007 01:40 PM

Hello Kaleo;
—-welcome here, and I see we now have another one of those folks from the down and under!!! Glad to see you here.

I see you say you got inspired on this piece by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and then wanting to make something different your imagination produced this design. Great work here and then you have used clean, simple lines, while showing the strength of the wood in its linear dimension. And yes, I am liking the Huon Pine, another one of the lumberjocks here, Don also has used this wood. Is the Huon Pine easily available down there in Tasmania? What is the finish done in as to oil and paint?

This was a pleasant surprise for me when after checking out your blog, (keep up the blogging, great blog—-sell yourself) I noticed that you are also enrolled in your second year of schooling at: Australian School of Fine Furniture; University of Tasmania. I have for some time been checking out your school and yes, you get some very good visiting masters of wood there such as: Susan Wraight who will be teaching on Netsuke Carving this July. I do love the Japanese wood arts.

Again commenting on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, I have often thought of doing a take off of my own on his ‘Tub chair’.

Once again, nice piece of wood art!!!


-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 01-25-2007 03:45 PM

Welcome to the shop Kaleo
You just made it. You need to submit that piece to the Woodworking Awards. Click the banner at the top of the page. Looks like a serious contender

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#4 posted 01-25-2007 05:10 PM

Very nice Kaleo! Those dovetails stand out. Welcome aboard.

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#5 posted 01-25-2007 08:09 PM

Wow! This is something else!

Kaleo, this stunning piece is a real tribute to your artistic design skills as well as your craftsmanship. As well as the very unusual and original design, I appreciate the intricacies involved in making the grid work. I can’t imagine the tedious detail involved in a four-way miter particularly when it comes to assembly. I’ve long been of the opinion that the simple miter joint is perhaps the most difficult joint to make accurately. But the compound nature of this joint and their interaction with each other defies my comprehension.

You have a very bright future, Mate!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 01-26-2007 12:12 AM

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. The finish on the Tasmanian Blackkwood is paint, I really wanted there to be a real contrast between the frame and the bright yellow Huon Pine top. I have about 6 coats of a plant based oil called Ardvos oil and then a coat of wax on top of that. Thanks again and I hope to be able to contribute to this forum.

-- Kaleo ,

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#7 posted 01-26-2007 01:20 AM

Beautiful work of art, I like the way the tops of the legs blend in with top front corners. It makes for a beautiful contrast.

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

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Mark A. DeCou

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#8 posted 01-28-2007 02:50 PM

I’ve been looking for a good book on Mackintosh’s work. I decided 3-4 years ago to read on him and study his furniture, but my library only had one book, and as libraries go, I had only two weeks to read it before I had to return it. This is not near enough time for me. Do you have a title that you recommend that I could buy my own copy of? I don’t care so much about his architecture work, but I would like to read on the furniture design.

I’ve been wanting to build something inspired by his high-back chairs.

loved your project, welcome to the group,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#9 posted 02-01-2007 05:23 AM

Ouch. That is stunning. When I first saw it I thought “what a wonderful contemporary writing desk”. It works as a hall table for sure. Nicely done.

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#10 posted 02-01-2007 11:24 AM

I actually thought about making it as a writing desk. But the school brief at the time was for a hall table, so I don’t think that it is wide enough to be a desk. It’s 400 milimeters deep which is about 16 inches deep.

But thanks for all the nice comments

-- Kaleo ,

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#11 posted 06-23-2007 06:38 AM

What a great table! I am I right in thinking you have a through dovetail in the middle and a half blind on the side? If so great detail, and if not perhaps an idea for my next project :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#12 posted 10-10-2011 02:18 AM

Welcome Kaleo, great design! I am from Glasgow and therefor a great fan of CRM. I know the Glasgow school of art, that he designed, very well and also Hillhouse in Helensburgh. I look forward to your future work.

-- Maclegno,Scotsman in Italy

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