Greene & Greene End Tables

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Project by KentB posted 02-07-2012 06:36 PM 6757 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Done in 2009, two end tables made out of cherry using Darrell Peart’s plan of his original Aurora End Table. This was for our sitting room. It was my biggest project at the time and required the most accuracy of anything I had done. I added the lower shelf that wasn’t included in the plan per my wife’s request. They always get good comments from anyone who sees them.

-- Kent B

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#1 posted 02-07-2012 06:57 PM

Very nice table, Kent!

Interesting that the Hall brothers (the primary builders of the Greene brothers furniture) used screws hidden by ebony plugs to fasten the breadboard ends to the table top. Is that your method also, or did you use another method?

Anyway, looking good!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 02-07-2012 07:02 PM

Super looking end tables, I like the G&G style and the clean lines.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 02-07-2012 07:16 PM

Not entirely a fan of the G&G style but these look really good. What are the dimensions.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#4 posted 02-07-2012 07:46 PM

Wow these are super tables ,love the G&G.


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#5 posted 02-07-2012 09:08 PM

Nice job. They look awesome! I bought the same plans and hope to start the project soon.

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Darrell Peart

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#6 posted 02-07-2012 11:07 PM

Great job Kent!

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#7 posted 02-07-2012 11:19 PM

They look great. Well done tables, like the handles too.

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#8 posted 02-08-2012 03:47 AM

Love G&G. Great job.

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#9 posted 02-08-2012 05:35 AM

Excellent work, they look great.

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

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#10 posted 02-08-2012 12:19 PM

Very nice! My mom wants a coffee table made with Cherry. Only thing i’ve ever built with it is a cutting board though, but it was such a pleasure to work with and i’m looking forward to it.

Mean_Dean mentions about how it’s interesting that the Hall brothers used screws; I used to be on the “purist” no fastener kick, but then my wife bought me Sam Maloof’s book “Woodworker”, and that guy used screws all the time. Made me step back and realize i’m so non-purist since i use a lot of power tools so what the hell. Sam’s thing was “screws are just metal dowels”.

Don’t get me wrong, i’m still about the traditional mortise and tenon, haha

Beautiful tables though! What type of plug cutter do you have? I’m looking to get one. Unless of course, you used dowels and not just plugs.

Also, what type of finish?

-- Ev

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#11 posted 02-08-2012 06:09 PM

Great work! Love G & G Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 02-08-2012 06:54 PM

The ebony plugs were done with an old mortise chisel. The hard part was making the ebony plugs, very time consuming but worth the effort. I read Darrels book Greene & Greene : Design Elements for the Workshop which contains all the techniques for the plugs, breadboard ends and fixtures. I purchased the plan on the American Furniture Design Co. website.

The finish was a simple light dye of Transfast cherry and a couple coats of rubbed on poly. They have darkened slightly since they get some sunlight.

Thanks for all the positive comments.

Thanks for the nod Darrell!!

-- Kent B

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Jake Willet

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#13 posted 02-08-2012 08:37 PM

Those look great

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