My 1st Attempt at Greene and Greene Style Furniture #6: All cleaned up.

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Blog entry by Don posted 12-22-2010 08:38 AM 4987 reads 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The gorilla glue squeeze out was much easier to clean up that I expected but I could still kick myself for not applying masking tape before I saw the drips starting. It would have saved me a couple hours of work.

I’m really enjoying my time off from work and being able to spend my days in my shop instead of my office and I’m making some great progress. In the last few days I’ve accomplished the following:

1. Frames fully trimed and cleaned up. I just need to do the ebony plugs and they’ll be ready for finish.
Here it is with some mineral spirts so you can see what it’s going to look like once it’s finished. I’m still debating weather or not I should dye it like typical Greene and Green furniture because I generally much prefer clear finish over any kind of stain. I would love to hear other peoples opinions on this.

2. Drawers fully glued up and also ready for plugs and final sanding:

3. Spent several hours practicing making plugs. Since any screwups with the plugs will be very difficult to fix and since Gaboon Ebony is about $100 bd I decided it would be a good idea to practice with some Hickory on scrap wood until I knew exactly what I was getting into. Once I was comfortable I tried one with ebony on some scrap wood. I sprayed a little shellac on it to see what it would look like finished but I didn’t let it dry before taking this photo so it looks a bit splotchy. (I don’t plan to use Shellac for the real finish)

Tommorrow I’ll be making a trip over to my local Woodcraft store to pick up a few more small tools I need to do the smaller plugs and the splines on the top. Plus another trip to Crosscut hardwoods to pick up some lumber since I misscalculated and didn’t get enough to make the second top and the shelfs….

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 12-22-2010 08:54 AM

Looks good Don . I think you might of really had a mess on your hands if you had put tape on the glue up ,it can be all but impossible once it has glue on it and has dried . I was wondering if you put glue on both pieces ? polythene glue only needs glue on one surface and some moisture on the other side of the joint. Like others have said if you have a loose joint 5 minute epoxy might have been a better choice. As far as stain goes if this for you make it the way you want it.


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#2 posted 12-22-2010 10:23 AM

That is really impressive, great work.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#3 posted 12-22-2010 05:52 PM

Dude! I just found your blog. Amazing! I love this project. You’re really taking your woodworking up a notch, which is why I’m planning on doing it too. I’ve just barely begun my table. Thanks for the inspiration. I hope you get them done as a gift to yourself. This is a very fulfilling project.

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

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#4 posted 12-22-2010 06:49 PM

Those plugs really “pop!”

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 12-22-2010 10:03 PM

hey this ainĀ“t looking bad Don :-)
looking forward to see the finished piece

take care

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#6 posted 12-23-2010 04:41 AM


Your progress looks great; glad to hear you are getting some shop time in. I really like the plugs. You asked so I’m going to vote not to stain it; I much prefer the wood natural myself.

-- Mike, Western New York

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