Greene and Greene inspired Desk

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Project by Tim posted 02-09-2012 05:53 PM 4478 views 16 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry computer desk with some of the wood from my uncle’s tree. This is my first real attempt at G&G other than a quick recycled wood med cabinet for storing garage chemicals. Sides and desk bottom are plywood. Blum soft, self closing slides were a tight fit so my gaps are a little wide to accommodate. Bottom drawer holds file folders nicely. Proportions aren’t exactly as I’d like them but it had to fit the space and monitor. Good thing for the Mac Mini.


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#1 posted 02-09-2012 06:02 PM

Very nice – I really like the G&G lines. Did you adapt a design or draw it up from scratch?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 06:16 PM

Nice desk Tim. It reminds me of the small antique desks of the 1800’s in stature. With computers getting smaller, we can ditch the Hugh desks of just a few years ago. Is the hinge and chain the only way the desk is held up? The cherry looks great with the G&G style; finish looks nice too.

-- Ben in Va

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 06:20 PM


-- Ev

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 06:23 PM

Thanks. I looked around for a long time to find something that would work but ended up drawing it up from scratch while trying to stay true to G and G. I did get some design inspiration from this desk from the Pratt house.
I spent a fair amount of time looking at the old pics and drawings that are available online.

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#5 posted 02-09-2012 06:25 PM

Just the chain no lopers.

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#6 posted 02-09-2012 06:43 PM

Beautiful desk ,just looking at it makes you want to rub your hand on that smooth finish. Great job.


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#7 posted 02-09-2012 07:42 PM

Very nice job. What did you use for the finish?

-- John, Phoenix-AZ

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#8 posted 02-09-2012 07:58 PM

Very impressive! Love the G&G style.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 02-09-2012 08:04 PM

To minimize blotching I put on 2 coats of Gorilla glue washcoat. Dyed it with a mix anline dyes that I had around, and top coated with 4 coats Minwax Wipe-on Poly. I mixed some gloss with the satin. Its nice and smooth but needs some wear yet to feel close to an oil finish

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#10 posted 02-09-2012 09:18 PM

That is really nice.

All the elements are there and your design is great.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

Love the simple lines. Definitely captures the essence of G&G. Great job.

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#12 posted 02-09-2012 11:30 PM

Great job, that’s a nice addition to any decor

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#13 posted 02-09-2012 11:48 PM

Super nice looking, can’t beat the G&G style.

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

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#14 posted 02-10-2012 01:02 AM

this is a beautiful take on greene and greene. very well executed

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#15 posted 02-10-2012 01:28 AM

As one who is a big G&G fan, good job! I’m doing a G&G style kitchen, also in Cherry, as my next project. I would interested in how you created those pulls. I have to do something similar and I am stumped right now although I haven’t spend a lot of time trying to do it either.

-- Jerry

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