Greene and Greene Blacker house bookcase 2.0

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Project by treedigger posted 03-23-2011 12:59 AM 8168 views 35 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that i’ve been working on for about 4 or 5 months(my wife says forever).It’s not an exact copy, but a close rendition of the blacker house bookcase. The original is one of my favorite G&G pieces.I made mine out of curly maple, hard maple and ebony. As with a lot of my projects its built m&t and floating panels , with a few dovetails. As with each project that i have taken on, I seem to learn not only what to do, but also what not to do. In that regard, G&G pieces seem simple from the outside(possible the attraction for many woodworkers) but when you reproduce all of the little details you gain an appreciation for there sometimes laborsom , but beautifully simple details(countless hours pillowing resulting in very sore fingers).Though this project challenged my abilities, I love the challenge of trying something new, and this project has a little of everything.All that is left is to final fit the doors and another coat of oil/varnish(it already has waterbourne dye and one coat of oil).thanks for looking everybody!

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 01:07 AM

That is a really beautiful piece.

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 01:12 AM

A truly lovely piece. Very well done indeed.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 03-23-2011 01:21 AM

that is a wonderful piece.


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#4 posted 03-23-2011 01:26 AM

Very very nice, well done.
Love the look of the maple.

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 03-23-2011 01:41 AM

Outstanding job. Very nice attention to the details. Good wood choices. I think your wife and mine must be sisters. Thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 03-23-2011 02:12 AM

Really nice! Congratulations!

-- - atelier le Trusquin - Quebec (Canada)

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#7 posted 03-23-2011 02:17 AM

Beautiful job on a lovely bookcase!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#8 posted 03-23-2011 02:23 AM

Thanks everybody, compliments from fellow woodworkers always seem to carry a little extra weight.
3fingerpat- I couldn’t help but notice(and lol) at your thumbnail pic. Only because after spending 10 minutes honing a chisel to a razor-like edge I realized how deep it will cut a finger. So I spent 6 hours at the E.R. getting 10 stiches and was told I was lucky that I only partially severed my tendon.Probably the most painfull lesson on this project.

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#9 posted 03-23-2011 03:05 AM

Wonderful piece of work !!!
I know it looks simple but never say it’s simple to make.

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#10 posted 03-23-2011 03:11 AM

My friend, you have talent and you are very gifted, beautiful bookcase. GREG

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#11 posted 03-23-2011 03:41 AM

Beautiful wood, beautiful design, beautiful G&G and great show of craftmanship!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 03-23-2011 04:10 AM

Great looking project. It is an inspiration for many who enjoy this style of furniture, myself included. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#13 posted 03-23-2011 04:13 AM

Awesome job. Love the embossing on the bottom of the front corner posts, and the pillowing on the dovetails. I know it feels great for you walking by this piece all the time. :-)

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#14 posted 03-23-2011 04:16 AM

Awesome piece.. What did you use on the curly maple for a finish? The grain not only pops, but seems a bit browner than most curly maple projects I’ve seen..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#15 posted 03-23-2011 04:27 AM

Thanks again everybody
superstretch, I used Behlen waterbourne dye, I believe the color is light golden oak. The color is just a touch darker than I wanted, but I had go that dark to hide some of the natural staining that was in the maple.I have found that when you root through a pile of curly soft maple to get the best figure, consistant color sometimes has to take a back seat.

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