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Project by gashley posted 11-26-2019 10:22 PM 1385 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is Darrell Peart’s Aurora nightstand design. Part of my seemingly never ending supply of claro walnut that’s going into filling my son’s place up with furniture (most of which is posted in my gallery).

I was lucky enough to take a weekend class with Darrell in Port Townsend, WA about 10 years ago. A quick 2 day exercise in the details that make up Greene & Greene style furniture. Cloud lifts, bread board ends with splines, decorative plugs, etc. It’s a very distinctive style that I’ve always loved. I did Darrell’s desk design for my office after that weekend class.

This was a pretty straightforward build after the multiple other pieces of this style I’ve done. The most fun part of this is the drawer construction with the protruding finger joints. It really adds so much character to the design with this feature.

The other fun feature was the ribbon carved drawer pulls. I attached to the drawer face by mounting threaded inserts into the pulls and then just “bolting” them through the drawer fronts. I drilled the bolt holes slight oversized to give some wiggle room for positioning the handles on the faces.

Sides done in veneered, quartersawn figured walnut. All the hardwood is Claro Walnut from my friend in Davis, CA. The splines and buttons are Gaboon Ebony. Finished with Maloofs Poly Oil (4 coats) and Poly Wax (2 coats). Rubbed out with steel wool and Liberon Black Bison Wax. First time using this wax – I’ve always used Renaissance Wax to finish out pieces like this before.

Thanks for looking.

-- Gary in OP





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MrWolfe

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#1 posted 11-26-2019 10:40 PM

Beautiful!
I love the cloud lift detail and the finger joints.
Such an instant classic!
Jon

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#2 posted 11-27-2019 12:44 AM

Looks earthquake-proof, and time-proof. Very nice!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#3 posted 11-27-2019 12:59 AM

Love the styling and the color. Very nice work.

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WhattheChuck

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#4 posted 11-27-2019 01:11 AM

Nice work with the shaped drawer fronts!

Every time I finish one of those G&G things, I wanna go nail together a box out of plywood, though! ;-)

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#5 posted 11-27-2019 04:35 AM

Excellent work. It looks great.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 11-27-2019 08:20 AM

Nice piece, enviable lumber supply you have, endless Claro sounds inviting.

What was your take on Liberon versus Renaissance. I’ve never used the Renaissance. I know the Liberon is a huge step up from the OTC waxes sold in the boxes.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 11-27-2019 11:30 AM

Such a great style…nicely done.

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#8 posted 11-27-2019 11:49 AM

I too love G&G , this is a really nice piece. Well done

-- Petey

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TucsonTim

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#9 posted 11-27-2019 12:55 PM

Beautiful. Thanks for posting this project. This nightstand goes right to my favorites list. Nice work…

-- Tim in Tucson

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Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 11-27-2019 01:12 PM

Hi Gary, Beautiful G & G night stand!!! I really like the darker brown color, great job Buddy.

-- Dennis Zongker

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pottz

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#11 posted 11-27-2019 02:46 PM

love g&g style furniture,you did a great job on this night stand.i used tips from darrells books when i made my hall table he’s a true master of the style.the walnut you used is just gorgeous,your son is very lucky indeed.all your work is just beautiful.

-- 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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gashley

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#12 posted 11-27-2019 02:53 PM



Nice piece, enviable lumber supply you have, endless Claro sounds inviting.

What was your take on Liberon versus Renaissance. I ve never used the Renaissance. I know the Liberon is a huge step up from the OTC waxes sold in the boxes.

- therealSteveN

I liked the Liberon. But time will be the judge on it’s durability. I tried it after an article (think it was Fine Woodworking) about using the wax as a way to handle glue seepage during assembly – can’t really endorse that method, didn’t work well for me on a small piece. But as a final top coat to rub out a finish with steel wool it worked well. I’m still a big fan of the Renaissance wax – it really is a great final finish. Sitting at my desk I built 10+ years ago and painstakingly rubbed out with it – it has really helped maintain a great finish (arm r seal).

-- Gary in OP

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splintergroup

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#13 posted 11-27-2019 03:41 PM

I concur with the consensus here, marvelous work Gary!

It’s great you had access to Darrell, a true master. I envy your “surplus” of Claro, want to trade some sappy pine without any redeeming character or other qualities? 8^)

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gashley

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#14 posted 11-27-2019 03:46 PM



I concur with the consensus here, marvelous work Gary!

It s great you had access to Darrell, a true master. I envy your “surplus” of Claro, want to trade some sappy pine without any redeeming character or other qualities? 8^)

- splintergroup

Tempting offer! How about I send you to the source. An old college friend who harvests and sells the Claro. Robert Beauchamp – http://thewalnutplace.com/. Last load I bought was probably around 3 to 400 board feet. If I need something special (like bookmatch for a desktop) Robert can find it in his stockpile.

-- Gary in OP

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iRestore

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#15 posted 11-27-2019 04:06 PM

Absolutely Beautiful!

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