Greene and Greene and Me Hall table

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 10-18-2013 10:40 PM 3336 views 9 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is my rendition of a greene and greene hall table, loosely based on the Bolton home table, and I do mean loosely. This is also my, what I would call, first attempt at real furniture. My first attempts at real mortice and tenon joinery, first attempt at making a drawer with a front, first attempt at making a drawer handle, and first attempt at anything using 95% Spanish Cedar. Everything was milled from 1.75” to almost 3” slabs of Spanish cedar that I got from a warehouse in Ashville, NC. I went there looking for Mahogany, but they didn’t have any of the thicker slabs that I could mill my legs from, so since I’d driven all that way, and they’d give me the SC for the same price $4.50 BF.

This stuff makes some very fine dust. It also was a little concerning when I dabbed some dye on it and it kind of washed out and was pretty dull looking. But….I was committed. This is for my son and new wife for their new house. I’m leaving for Detroit area on the first, so I was under the gun to get it done in time. Stressfull to say the least.

Anyway, its mostly Spanish Cedar, curly maple drawer sides, with solid SC drawer bottom. The accent pieces are Peruvian walnut which I absolutely love working with because its so uniform in color, and it sands like a dream.

Every square hole was done with 3/8 morticing bit, the top accents are all 5/16”.

The finish is one coat of Minwax Red Sedona, followed a day later with Minwax English Chestnut. It looks a little red in the pictures, but it’s actually very close to a Mahogany.

The one glaring mistake I made was after I’d had a perfect fit drawer from side to side, I decided I should give it just a little play and cut a tad too much off which left about 1/8” gap which on a drawer with no edge detail, didn’t quite look right. The sad part was it was the actual cut out from when I cut the front face and it was a perfect grain match. So, I looked at what I had left of the SC and found something that looked close and cut another drawer front. Unfortunately, and maybe it’s just me, but it bothers me a little that the grain isn’t quite the same consistency probably because the face looked to be mostly rift cut and I thin the new drawer front is in between rift and quarter sawn…all I had left to work with.

Anyway, tomorrow I’ll put on a first coat of a satin poly. I’m going to do the underside of the top first, just to see how it goes.

Thanks for checking it out. I think I’d like to make a few more pieces of this type because I really like the accents the Greenes used.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 10-19-2013 12:15 AM

Really nice work and like your interpretation of the original.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#2 posted 10-19-2013 12:32 AM

For a project of many “firsts”, you have done a nice job. I really like the color and especially like the stretcher details between the 4 legs. You pointed out your mistakes but even then, they are not noticeable. Your son and daughter-in-law will like it for sure. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 10-19-2013 12:41 AM

Nice incorporation and interpretation of G&G elements.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 10-19-2013 01:40 AM

Very nice interpretation. You did an excellent job. Don’t sweat the drawer front, the rest of the piece makes up for it!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 10-19-2013 01:52 AM

Excellent work, beautiful.

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#7 posted 10-19-2013 04:03 AM

Very nice. Love the G and G.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#8 posted 10-19-2013 05:15 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 10-19-2013 07:34 AM

Outstanding work Scott and completely true to the G&G spirit! A beautiful piece. I see more furniture in your future.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 10-19-2013 07:50 AM

Congratulations Scott. It’s nice to keep the G&G style alive. Cedar, maple & walnut look very good. Post more pictures once the finish is applied. Thanks for sharing.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#11 posted 10-19-2013 09:55 AM

Very nice project, the wood looks great…you did a great job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 10-19-2013 02:10 PM

Beautifully done, the sense of proportion is excellent.

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#13 posted 10-19-2013 06:45 PM

First attempt? I”d never know that. Great job. Did you refer to any plans or just wing it?

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#14 posted 10-20-2013 12:33 PM

Thank you all for such high praise of this Greene and Greene hall table. I took the inspiration from the book Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture by Robert Lang. My son has a particular place where he wanted to place the table, and with a door open it measured 14.5” space available, so that’s where the table top dimension came into being, which is 14 and an 1/8”. The legs are the 1.5” suggested, and the table top is 7/8”. I attempted to resaw a 2.25” slab so I could get the top from one piece, but the blade wandered about 3 miles and I was left with a feather on one side and a slab on the other when it came apart…back to the drawing board and the planer. I was able to salvage the slab side that was left from the band saw debacle and I had enough other slabs, so I went the table saw route and sliced my extra piece to 6” then tipped it up and resawed down the spline twice, and used a hand saw to separate the two, then back to the planer to get my 7/8”.

I was a little concerned about the Spanish cedar being sturdy enough so kept shooting for the 7/8” top. The rest of the cross pieces on the bottom are also about 7/8”, although the originals were 5/8”, again, making sure it’d be sturdy enough.

I also read through Greene and Greene Furniture books by Darrel Peart to get an idea of how to make the splines for the breadboard, but the confidence came from watching the William Ng video and making my first jig for the router to cut the mortices. The splines themselves were just winged on the bandsaw, with no real template, other than the measurements of the mortice depth and an approximate length, I made one, then traced the outline on the remaining 3 and cut them out on the bandsaw and hand sanded to shape with 100grit, no router involved.

I think I also got the confidence to do it because I took the plunge and bought the Shop Fox bench morticer to make all the peg holes and mortices for the legs and aprons. The tenons were done on the table saw with a cross cut sled followed by a tenon jig I’d bought years ago, but rarely used. It got used a LOT on this one.

I find myself standing out in the garage many times looking at the piece and thinking just a little bit more with no screw ups and you’re going to finish it…but the screw ups come and you adapt. It’s now on its 3rd coat of General Finishes Enduro var and I’m thinking I’m home free. My wife on the other hand is thinking, about dang time, my car is tired of sitting out in the rain. She is my sanity though and when I’m about to make a design change, I always ask her opinion and she keeps me in check.

Again, thank you all for the praise and taking the time to look.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#15 posted 12-16-2013 04:31 AM

Beautiful work. Great implementation of G&G. I like you choice of the drawer handle.

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