Greene & Greene Table-Ebony Spline Drawer Pull

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Green & Greene Table, Ebony Spline Drawer Pulls

While looking around to find a project in the Greene and Greene (G&G) style I quickly learned of Darrell Peart and his Aurora design pieces. I then found a desk made by Andy posted here on LumberJocks. Andy credits G&G and Darrell as inspirations, likewise I acknowledge G&G and am also indebted to and compliment both Darrell and Andy. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Andy’s Project posting: “A Greene and Greene desk by Andy”
For instruction I highly recommend Darrell’s books and videos by William Ng.
I also added to my library Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture by Robert W. Lang
I call my piece a table, it is 32 inches high. I had no plans, so I sort of extrapolated from images and Darrell and Lang’s books.
Although I followed G&G and Darrell and Andy’s lead I did come up with an original drawer pull, which is my idea of an ebony spline drawer pull. This is a simple way to carry the signature G&G breadboard spline element over to the drawer front.
The table is made of a mix of some sort of mahogany or perhaps sapele. The planks were gifted and some were salvaged from an old boat. I therefore had to adjust the staining per piece. The ebony is newly purchased.
I used General Finish products as described by Darrell Peart. This is my first G&G project and my first posting.

Don Morda

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#1 posted 09-29-2018 02:27 PM

Very cool! The style is unmistakeable, fine work!

I’ve used the Ng videos to help me make the table top splines and get ideas for techniques. The jig for cutting the spline slots works perfectly and I’ve made a modified version of the spline shaping jig that eliminates the need for the special router bit.

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#2 posted 09-29-2018 04:54 PM

WOW! That is a beautiful table. One of the nicest G&G style tables I’ve seen in a while. I think your drawer pulls are excellent, they really add to the look.

Also “I had no plans, so I sort of extrapolated from images and Darrell and Lang’s books.” are you kidding me? I’m so impressed. I’m sure this will get a top 3.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#3 posted 09-29-2018 06:53 PM

Very nice, you nailed it. I especially like your drawer puls.

-- Ken

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#4 posted 09-29-2018 07:23 PM

Welcome to LJs
Excellent work Don, you have selected two great examples of people who are outstanding craftsmen.


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#5 posted 09-29-2018 09:10 PM

You nailed it. That is a great looking G&G table. The pulls are different from Darrell Peart’s version but they mesh with the G&G elements just as well. Truth be told, most of us “extrapolate” from pictures when making something like this. Well done!!

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 09-29-2018 11:27 PM

Very nice piece! Well done!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#7 posted 09-30-2018 01:58 AM

Very nice results. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 09-30-2018 05:11 AM

Welcome to LJ’s, and thank you for bringing pics of your beautiful table.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 09-30-2018 01:47 PM

Beautiful. Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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#10 posted 10-01-2018 03:07 PM

im a big fan of g&g and your table is very impressive.having done some g&g i know quite well the effort you put into this.i really love your handle design,i think the greenes would picked a good source for inspiration and design with darrell and william ng,both highly skilled in this style,they were my go to for help.welcome to lumber jocks and congrats on the top 3,well deserved.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 10-02-2018 12:09 AM

I really love this piece. It is wonderfully designed sir.

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#12 posted 10-02-2018 12:58 AM

wow, wow what a awesome piece, i’m a fan of this style, and this one is just over the top for me. beautiful pulls, and design, thanks for sharing
Rj in az

-- Living the dream

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#13 posted 10-03-2018 07:29 PM

Crickey THIS IS AWESOME!!! Love the contrast with the ebony, such amazing work, and gratz on the daily 3

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 10-06-2018 01:38 AM

nicely done. Be careful, Greene & Greene can be adicting to build.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#15 posted 10-08-2018 07:53 PM

Thank you all for your kind and informed comments. Coming from such a group of talented craftspeople your remarks are greatly appreciated. Donald M

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