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post #1 of 11 Old 01-08-2013, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Your thoughts on designs

So I was thinking that when building a piece of furniture isnt the beauty in the eye of the beholder? A different thread made me think of this when someone basically stated that some cannot design furniture and make cheap designs that are compilations of different era type furniture. Well if we are creating a piece for ourselves or as a gift isnt this a form of art in itself? Do you make your own designs? Copy something you saw? Get plans for a project or do reprodutions? I have attached some pictures of past projects and the most current projects I have completed. These have all come from the blank space between my ears and to be honest I have never had any complaints. I am not saying I am a professional buy any short and am more in the novice stage really. I just wanted to hear your thoughts on design. Do you need formal training?

This is my own shadow box from when I retired from the Navy after 20 years on Subs.
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This is a shadow box I made for a friend. It started as a scribble on a sheet of paper. Actually it never really made it past the scribble stage.
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This island was the result of the wife telling me she liked a certain type of island but i was not about to pay 2.5k for one so I built one with my own twist.
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This is a hall table that I am still working on for a house warming gift for my sister. Yeah I know I got some orange peel but I got greedy with the spray gun, amateur mistake, I will sand it then I still have many more coats of shellac and then laquer for the final coats. It is Mahogany with a red mahogany transtint dye. Again this was from the black hole inside my skull.
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it's really nice to see your amazing photos of design. I am confused for one thing that how you are going to match this red color table with you other furniture colors. I always think a design matching with the color of my other furniture colors. Hope you got my point.
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When you ask about design, it depends whether it is free form design as in your last table or pictorial design as in the submarine shadow box.

I always go by "form follows function"

Your functional design is spot on.....nice work

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Hadia - I get the point completely and agree with you. The mahogany table is for my sister in her house and not mine so the color is her choice and will work well with her stuff.

Tcleve - Thanks
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Your work is very nice. Either one likes or dislikes someone else's design. That doesn't mean that it's either good or bad...its the creator's artistic flair.





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GL,

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Certainly we all appreciate the classic design elements of the different "schools" of traditional woodworking.

That being said, those classics were not classic at their inception. They were developed by individuals from ideas.

Your hall table is gorgeous! The design really appeals to me so in my eyes its already a classic.

Nice work!

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The mahogany table is for my sister in her house and not mine ....

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How about a few pics of the joinery on that hall table before you deliver it to Sis?

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Very nice work. I like all the designs actually. I find myself liking many types of furniture but limited in what I can build by the financial constraints of projects and the fact that my wife likes a certain type, color, and species. Basically red oak stained cherry. I'm pretty much out of projects for my house. I am about ready to start building stuff for friends just to have something to build.

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Thumbs up Would you be willing to make another sub shadowbox?

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This is my own shadow box from when I retired from the Navy after 20 years on Subs.
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I really liked the way you made this shadow box. Would you be willing to make another one? If so, what would you charge?

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This is my own shadow box from when I retired from the Navy after 20 years on Subs.
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I really liked the way you made this shadow box. Would you be willing to make another one? If so, what would you charge?

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Did you notice that the original post was posted in 2013?

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This is my own shadow box from when I retired from the Navy after 20 years on Subs.
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I really liked the way you made this shadow box. Would you be willing to make another one? If so, what would you charge?

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