Greene & Greene Inspired Nightstand

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Project by Bill Schupp posted 03-09-2019 05:10 PM 1634 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shortly after taking a woodworking fundamentals class at the local community college 27 years ago, the first of 4 kids was born and I’m just now getting back into woodworking. I remember carrying my first born on a tour of the Gamble house in Pasadena in 1994 and marveling at the Greene & Greene architecture, interior woodwork, and furniture. I immediately knew I wanted to build something in that style some day. I picked up a book in the Gamble House gift shop called “Greene & Greene – Furniture and Related Designs” book by Randell L. Makinson. It was a nice source of inspiration, but really not much to go on for a beginning woodworker.

Between then and now the Internet happened, and thanks to all the amazing resources now available to woodworkers, I was able to take on this project. This project is a hybrid of Darrell Peart’s original Aurora Nightstand and his Arched Auroral Nightstand. The overall dimensions, and build and finishing process followed the Darrell’s Arched Auroral Nightstand article in the Winter 2010 edition of Woodwork magazine, but without the arch. I also went with the leg indents in lieu of the waterfall legs.

The techniques for the leg indents and block & dowel pulls were from Darrell Peart’s books on Greene & Greene. And I followed William Ng’s YouTube videos on making Ebony plugs and Ebony splines.

For the wood, I used Sapelli to match the Stickley platform bed you see in the pictures, and I tried to blend the dye stains to match as well

-- Bill

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#1 posted 03-09-2019 06:13 PM

Very nice work.

-- Gary, Florida

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#2 posted 03-09-2019 06:16 PM

Beautifully crafted. G&G is my favorite!

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#3 posted 03-09-2019 07:40 PM

Beautiful work Bill and great first post! The bed and the set of night tables show really skilled craft. Looks like you didn’t forget what you were taught in the fundamentals class and added to your repertoire.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 03-09-2019 10:59 PM

Very nice design and execution. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 03-10-2019 03:34 AM

Wow, what a rich looking finish. The joinery and construction looks spot-on too.

Fantastic projects!
Thanks so much for posting.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 03-10-2019 05:19 AM

Very Nice Project! & Well Done Bill!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 03-10-2019 11:32 AM

Very nice detail, you’re teachers would be proud. Alas the beautiful part of the internet.

Thanks for sharing, and congrats on your top 3 award.

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#8 posted 03-10-2019 02:18 PM

Simply beautiful.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#9 posted 03-11-2019 02:10 AM

love g&g you did the style justice,just beautiful bill.

-- 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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#10 posted 03-11-2019 02:44 PM

You realy made a masterpiece – I admire your skill! Can’t mis with G&G!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 03-11-2019 08:13 PM

It is a treat to see something like this. Nice projects!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 03-11-2019 10:05 PM

Superb work, Bill. Thanks for listing he Makinson book. I have several G&G books, but not that one.

How is the sapelli for workability? Is it like mahogany? Lighter in weight or heavier?

-- Dale

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#13 posted 03-12-2019 04:32 PM

Very nice work. Besides Darrell Peart’s fine books, there’s also a shop drawing book by Robert Lang that is very useful for the G&G stuff. Keep it up.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#14 posted 03-22-2019 02:48 PM

an elegant build. Nothing else to say.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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