This Zebrawood Table is sure hard to photograph

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Project by longgone posted 12-23-2011 10:02 PM 3100 views 4 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed this dining table and found it to be extremely difficult to photograph. I cannot seem to get enough lighting and clarity inside and I am not at all happy with the photos…but here it is anyway.
Zebrawood top and legs with Padauk rails. The finish is 12 coats of hand rubbed poly.

I did not make the chairs.

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 10:07 PM

I especially like pic 3.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 10:11 PM

Thanks! Sort of a modern studio furniture piece in a french provincial style ? Just guessin!

Re photographing, suggest you get a couple of those clip on cone shaped hen house lamps, get some daylight flourescent bulbs in high wattage. You can cover these w/out worry about heat? Then use them as back lighting and fill lighting. I used this idea when doing portrait photography a few years ( too many) ago. don’t know what kind of camera you have but some like sony tend to be in blue range and others in red.

But a filter can be used to adjust for color? If one is available for your camera . Try vivitar.

again thanks for the big picture..:)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 10:12 PM

I knew this was gonna be special when I saw the blog about it way back when, but WOW!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing job Greg. I want one in my house. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 12-23-2011 10:14 PM

I’d like to see a Greg blanket chest.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 12-23-2011 10:17 PM

You certainly have made carved curves you hallmark…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 12-23-2011 10:18 PM

Awesome table!

how did that zebrawood plane?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 12-23-2011 11:27 PM

I’m 6’9” tall. I often bang my knees into table skirts as I slide in my chair.
With this table, not only will I bang my knee but I also stand a good chance of slicing the top my thigh wide open as well. It’s very pretty but please don’t be offened if I admire it from a distance.
At least you can see the skirt and attempt to avoid it. It’s those hidden center legs that are the real knee breakers.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#8 posted 12-23-2011 11:28 PM

LOL Someone else from the “I’m too tall for most everything in the world”? (I’m 6’8” and find table skirts to be straight from the workshop of satan!)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#9 posted 12-23-2011 11:31 PM

Love it, rich looking, great grain, good combination of wood

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 12-23-2011 11:37 PM

Wonderful. Pic 3 rocks.
BTW if you have a DSLR and a tripod, you can sort things out by switching to manual mode to get all the light you need.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#11 posted 12-24-2011 12:07 AM

DocSavage & Sodabowski ,

I have six different tripods with flourescent lights especially made for photography and one of the things I realize is it is almost impossible to have too much light. Also have a good camera DSLR Nikon and most photos were taken with manual settings. It is more of my learning curve necessary. Photography is like woodworking and anything else in life…the more you learn the more you realize you have just scratched the surface…but I am constantly working on it.

Superstretch & ohwoodeye…The Zebrawood is really rough to plane cause it really tears up the wood. I found it comes out much better when I run it through my drum sander with multiple passes…thatta way it doesn’t tear out. There are absolutely no sharp edges on the sculpting as they are all rounded and smoothed out. Not sharp as the photo might make them appear to be.

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#12 posted 12-24-2011 12:14 AM


:) Looks like, “Ya been there done that!” LOL Merry Chistmas

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 12-24-2011 01:01 AM

Greg, I thought the photos look quite alright.. it shows all details quite well. And a very nice job on the table as well. Beautiful! Did you make the chairs as well.. I’m assuming so. Good work.


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#14 posted 12-24-2011 02:21 AM

Wow! This is one nice table.

-- Chuck

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#15 posted 12-24-2011 02:23 AM

Greg, I am so happy that you weren’t happy with your photography skills. It would be a sin for a man to have that much talent – your woodworking skills are superb. Beautiful table, did you also make the chairs?

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

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