Thorsen House Table

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Project by tallpaul posted 01-02-2020 04:17 PM 878 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago I found the plans for these little Greene and Greene side tables, and I made a version in mahogany. At one time, there was a Lumberjocks challenge for members to make their own interpretations of the piece. This one is white oak, because I wanted it to play well in a room with some other oak pieces. The detailed cutouts were done with a scroll saw, and there’s an interesting history there: the more complex design on the aprons is called a tsuba; it’s an interpretation of the hand guard on a samurai sword. That stems from the designers time spent studying in Japan, and the Japanese influence is the signature of Greene and Greene work. Finish is a Golden Oak stain, followed by wiping poly and then rubbed with wax.

Thanks for looking!

-- tallpaul

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#1 posted 01-02-2020 04:51 PM

Great side table Paul!
That is a sweet G&G piece. The details really make it a beautiful piece.

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#2 posted 01-02-2020 06:09 PM

Beautiful. Really well done.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#3 posted 01-02-2020 07:21 PM

Nice G&G piece in the classic WO, ala fumed finish. The embellishments are very nice.

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#4 posted 01-02-2020 07:49 PM

very interesting table

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 01-02-2020 09:29 PM

i love g&g and i really love how you took g&g elements and gave it a whole new twist,makes a very interesting design.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 01-02-2020 11:13 PM

Perfect lines
Ild give it 5 stars out of 5 in the sky
High five

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#7 posted 01-03-2020 03:19 AM

Beautiful details in that G&G. Well done.

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#8 posted 01-03-2020 03:12 PM

Well done Paul – you did a better job on the apron cutouts than I did on mine

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#9 posted 01-03-2020 09:32 PM

Well done Paul – you did a better job on the apron cutouts than I did on mine

- Phil Clark

Phil: my approach was to define the cutouts where I could with Forstner bits, and then link these precise holes with the scroll saw. I don’t know how well this could be done with just a jig saw. The smallest holes have a really sharp shape and that could be difficult. My result is a little rough on very close examination, but the effect is nice from four feet away.

-- tallpaul

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