Greene & Greene Display Pedastal

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Project by miserybob posted 09-17-2010 05:18 AM 3166 views 21 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to try a Greene & Greene piece, so when I saw this Display Pedastal in the recent issue of WOOD magazine (their version isn’t G&G), I thought I’d give it a try. Came out well, I think!

The wood is Mahogany, the veneer is Tamo epoxied to some Lexan.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 05:43 AM

Great piece Bob. The lighting effect is very dramatic. A work of art to display a work of art… sweet. Thanks for sharing it with us.

I was just looking at your cellarette too. That is really a piece of fine craftsmanship. Beautiful work!

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 05:56 AM

HI Bob,

I saw that article in Wood magazine and I thought the idea of gluing veneer to lexan or glass for a lamp was a great idea. I think yours looks wonderful! I like that you modified it to G&G.


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#3 posted 09-17-2010 10:48 AM

Very cool, I saw this as well. Nice outcome looks great at night.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-17-2010 03:18 PM

I really like the way you modified the piece. You should submit these photos to the magazine.

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#5 posted 09-17-2010 03:35 PM

Wow! I never thought of Lexan for a substrate. Have to keep that in mind. Great project. It’s amazing how a few detail changes can totally redefine a piece. A great example of taking a plan and making it your own.

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#6 posted 09-17-2010 03:38 PM

Great results! Another one for my list.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 09-17-2010 03:47 PM

I had not yet seen this plan, but I really like your take on the whole thing. Great job making it to fit your style!

I’ve put these on my list and may modify the plan to a shorter version that’s more of an end table style, putting one at each end of the sofa. I think these would be a great choice for a theater/TV room, and if I do make this, or anything similar, I’ll be installing a dimmer switch. That way, you’d have a bit of ambient light in the room. Besides, I just like the flexibility of a dimmer on a light anyway, no matter where the light is.

Now I’m going to have to go track down this article.

That Tamo really shines! (Pun intended.)

I really like your work here, nice job.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 09-17-2010 04:40 PM

Really great piece and excellent craftsmanship. I have to ask though, what is Tamo?


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#9 posted 09-17-2010 04:50 PM

I saw the article in Wood mag. I thought about giving it a try. It didn’t take you long to do it. Great job.

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#10 posted 09-17-2010 04:57 PM

That is a great looking piece.

Shawn -

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#11 posted 09-17-2010 05:39 PM

Thanks, everybody, for your comments! It was a fun project… well, maybe the 31st pillowed ebony plug wasn’t fun, but the end result was!

The Tamo is Japanese Ash – I got it from Certainly Wood. Nice folks.

A shorter version is certainly a good idea… it would widen your veneer choices a bit (I originally tried a bookmatched veneer, but the seam really showed through when lit from behind), and allow a more uniform throw of light – I was mildly disappointed that the 300w CFL kind of peters out at the top. Someone sent me a link to a longer ‘bar-type’ CFL that might even things out a bit.

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#12 posted 09-17-2010 05:53 PM

How about installing a couple of small undercabinet style fluorescent tubes mounted back to back. Something like this (don’t look at the price – I’m sure you can get them cheaper). Or maybe 4 mounted on each leg. Just a thought.

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#13 posted 09-17-2010 07:56 PM

Very nicely done!
I really like the way the light fades at the top of the piece, as it gives a different look and texture to your veneer.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#14 posted 09-18-2010 01:17 AM

I suppose another option would be to use an LED bulb. I know they’re not cheap, but then you wouldn’t have to worry about changing it out, plus they create virtually no heat. I know some of them are created to illuminate in a tighter pattern, which might soften/diffuse the light a bit.

Speaking of changing the bulb, do you just remove the top via the clips to perform this task?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#15 posted 09-18-2010 02:12 AM

Beautiful! Sure didn’t take you long to build. From the time I see a plan in a magazine to project completion is always at least 6 months.

I’ll second the kudos to Certainly Wood, they are nice folks!

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