Darrell Peart's Arched Aurora Table

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Project by thewoodwhisperer posted 03-29-2009 08:45 PM 13192 views 24 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey folks. I recently had the good fortune of taking a 6-day class with Darrell Peart at the William Ng School. I have always wanted to get some “official” instruction on Greene & Greene and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Fortunately, it only took me 5 days to complete the table so I was able to head up to the Gamble House and take in some of the Greene & Greene mojo first hand. What an experience!! If you are ever in the S. California area, this is a trip EVERY woodworker should take.

Anyway, I took the project home and finished it in my shop. So after two coats of a dye mix and numerous coats of satin wiping varnish, the Arched Aurora End Table is serving us well in our living room. I would like to thank Darrell Peart for his design and instruction. This was an incredibly fun project and a great learning experience. The table is made primarily of African Mahogany with ebony plugs. The handle is actually mahogany, but I dyed part of it so it would look like ebony. I thought it really needed this contrast.

I am sure many of you will be interested to know the exact finish system I used for the table. I basically used a modified version of the recipe published on Darrell's blog. Darrell’s dye mixture calls for 7 parts orange and 4 parts medium brown. I decided to try adding 1 part yellow in an effort to increase the highlights. There definitely was a difference on my test boards, but now that I look at the final piece its hard to tell how much of a difference it really made. The topcoat is 6 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin applied using the same methods I discuss in my DVD, A Simple Varnish Finish. Check out the links below if you need a source for the exact materials I used.

Product Links:
General Finishes Water Based Dyes
General Finishes Arm-R-Seal

And in case you want to see pictures from the class itself, here are the links from my site:
6 Days to Aurora - Day 1
6 Days to Aurora - Day 2
6 Days to Aurora - Day 3
6 Days to Aurora - Day 4
6 Days to Aurora - Day 5
6 Days to Aurora - Day 6

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#1 posted 03-29-2009 09:00 PM

Very nice table. I really like the design. Great piece.

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#2 posted 03-29-2009 09:16 PM

That turned out great Marc! Really enjoyed following along with TWW while you took the course too. The finish looks fantastic.

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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#3 posted 03-29-2009 09:30 PM

That is a really fantastic piece Marc! I don’t think I’ve seen an arched cloud lift like that before, but love it. That’s it, a Greene & Greene style piece needs to move up on my to do list. Thanks for sharing!

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#4 posted 03-29-2009 09:34 PM

Amazing table! Really nice warm finish. Very nicely executed.

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#5 posted 03-29-2009 09:45 PM

Wow… just, wow….

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#6 posted 03-29-2009 09:47 PM

Love it!

Love it!

Love it!

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#7 posted 03-29-2009 10:02 PM

I love all the details, and especially the luster of the finish.
Outstanding job as usual!

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#8 posted 03-29-2009 10:12 PM

That’s a great looking table!

-- - Ray

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#9 posted 03-29-2009 11:10 PM

Awesome, as to be expected Marc. The table looks great and the finish looks perfect.

The drawer is my favorite part. The grain looks sweet and I like how the drawer matches the sides and is cut at the bottom so it slides over the piece under it(looks like a rail or stile).

-- Kirk H. --

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#10 posted 03-29-2009 11:24 PM

Great job Marc.
The contrast on the handle makes it stand out perfectly.

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#11 posted 03-29-2009 11:52 PM

This is a wonderful piece of craftmanship. The detail, color and design are all terrific. I love it.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#12 posted 03-30-2009 12:06 AM

Keep it up my man!!

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#13 posted 03-30-2009 12:09 AM

Very nice project!!! Do you have a photo with the drawer open?

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#14 posted 03-30-2009 12:13 AM

I don’t have a picture at the moment but will get you guys one. The drawer has a groove all the way down each side, and a simple wood runner was attached to the inside of the drawer compartment. No frills at all. But works great!

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#15 posted 03-30-2009 01:40 AM

WOW, great job Marc!! Beautiful Green & Green style.

-- Dennis Zongker

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