Darrell Peart's Aurora Sofa Table #1: In the Beginning...

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 09-03-2009 06:27 AM 10751 reads 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my most ambitious project to date. I’m going to make a Greene & Greene sofa table that closely follows the design of premier G&G LJ Darrell Peart. I pinged him the other day, and he sent me to American Furniture Design Co. to buy plans. As you can see, they’re not identical to the one made by Marc in Darrell’s class at William Ng's woodworking school.

American Furniture’s Version:

American Furniture Design's Version

TheWoodWhisperer’s Version:

Darrell Peart's Aurora End Table by TheWoodWhisperer

What I plan to do is to take the plans I bought, and convert them into a sofa table, using the same design features as TheWoodWhisperer’s table built in Darrell’s class.

I recently bought 30 board feet of old growth Honduran Mahogany off of CraigsList. The boards are 18” wide, more than enough for a solid piece for my sofa table top. I will be following the directions in Darrell’s book, “Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Woodshop”’ that I got at the Gamble House, to make the breadboard ends, splines, indents, cloud lifts, etc.

To give it scale, that’s my planer and sawhorses behind the boards.

Wish me luck! It’s going to take awhile for this blog. I need to finish up some previous projects. BTW, according to AFD Co. this is an intermediate project. I’d hate to see advanced…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 07:07 AM

Sounds great, I look forward to following your progress. Very nice mahogany board, looks like it might be african though??

Honduran is usually darker:

It doesn’t really matter… as long as you can finish the project with the pieces you have. I did a mahogany barrister set once from Honduran that I bought at an auction and didn’t have enough to finish, so I went to my dealer and got more. He assured me that what I was buying was Honduran and would darken in time to match the rest. Its been almost 2 years now and it doesn’t match, and I suspect it never will! Oh well live and learn…

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

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#2 posted 09-03-2009 03:17 PM

That is a beautiful design.

Finish, schminisch. Projects are meant to be started.

-- ED

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#3 posted 09-04-2009 03:23 AM

very nice!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 09-04-2009 03:33 AM

Looks like a wonderful project ,can’t wait to see you progress.


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#5 posted 09-18-2009 12:08 PM

This is going to be a wonderful project!

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