Greene & Greene Style Thorsen Table, By Dick Cain

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 05-29-2007 02:43 AM 6583 views 7 times favorited 62 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess it’s about time I posted my table.
I now have a Video of the table You can view this full screen.

From Greene, & Greene Style, Thorsen Table, Video

I deviated from the original design, because we needed more space to display things, so one more shelf never hurts. Besides we don’t have very much room in our home.
I very seldom build anything with someone elses plan. I alway end up with modifications.
My choice of wood is Black Walnut, & Black Ash. I’ve built other things with this combination with nice results.

I almost forgot to mention that the Black Walnut was once a railroad tie.

I never had any exposure to Greene & Greene up to this point, so it was quite an eye opener for me.
I especially liked the cloud lift design, so I went all out for it. I even used it on the tabletop. I recently noticed a table in the Thorsen house had the design on a table’s edge.

I also liked the exposed pegs, they seem to draw your eyes to them. I used the draw bore method in fastening the breadboards without any glue. That was fun, because it was something new for me.
I used Black Walnut for the pegs. I burnished the end facets with a fine sanding disk causing a faux finish to mimic Ebony.

Notice, the aprons have a downward cloud design in order to fit carvings on them, & I coved the edges on the legs.

The size of the top is 14 1/2” square, & the height is 28”

I finished it with 4 coats of Minwax satin wipe on poly.

You can see the carving work in progress on my Blog #12,
And also blog # 13

Hummingbird, & Rose carvings

The Shelves.

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

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#1 posted 05-29-2007 02:46 AM

A wonderful piece of work Dick. I like the contrasting colors, and wow even carvings. Amazing..well done.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 05-29-2007 02:49 AM

It looks great Dick. Wonderful carvings.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-29-2007 02:57 AM

Very nice, love the contrast of the woods, and the carvings too.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 05-29-2007 03:34 AM

Pretty nice. Some tough competition. I like your carvings

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#5 posted 05-29-2007 03:46 AM

Great Dick. I think Popular Woodworking will have to devote a whole issue to include all of the tables that were entered.

They are all so unique, Just the thing that I wanted when I proposed this challenge.

Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 05-29-2007 04:20 AM

Beautiful…...I love the additions…the wood selection…the detail…great job! We need some closeups of the carvings….:)

-- Bob

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#7 posted 05-29-2007 05:02 AM

I love this it is so different with the roundish shelves. I love everything about it it is a beaut. Wow, I just noticed you have birds craved on the side which is a different than the flower on the other craving.


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#8 posted 05-29-2007 05:09 AM

So nice Dick. It’s a great show of art work.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 05-29-2007 05:30 AM

AH Dick, I hate to be the one to tell you, but it was only supposed to have one shelf on it. Maybe they’ll let you enter anyway…. You know I’m bsing it is really gorgeous. Man, that is the winner of winners. How could I add 12 inches to my legs and another shelf in 3 days. Oh well I don’t have any carvings. Best of luck, to the best. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 05-29-2007 05:30 AM

The carvings add a real touch of class.

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#11 posted 05-29-2007 06:34 AM

Thanks to all, I think it’s bedtime here.
I’ll get some closeup images of the carvings tomorrow.

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

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#12 posted 05-29-2007 07:29 AM

Wow, Dick! That’s really something!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#13 posted 05-29-2007 11:26 AM

Thanks Dick! There is nothing like pressure and that’s what you just put on all of us! That wood contrast is really great. It’s a winner.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#14 posted 05-29-2007 12:04 PM

Dick -

WOW! What a master piece. I really like the carving – excellent!


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#15 posted 05-29-2007 01:25 PM

Beautiful, what attention to detail…

-- Sawhorse - Sulphur Springs, TX -

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