Greene and Greene (like) hall / sofa tables

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Project by danr posted 01-23-2014 03:38 AM 2112 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1.) What: Entry Hall (or Sofa Table) with two drawers
2.) Style: Greene and Greene / Arts and Crafts
3.) Construction Type: Mortise and Tenon with Stickley legs
4.) Dimensions: (L x W x H ) = 59” x 15” x 33”
5.) Material: Quarter Sawn White Oak and Ebony
6.) Finish: Dye, Oil Stain, Shellac, Varnish, and Wax
7.) Hardware: Texas Star (bronze) and Acorn/Oak Leaf (antique brass)

One of these is for the wife. The other will be donated to our annual Wild Game Dinner charity auction.

Thanks to the LJer’s who provided me with some answers along the way.


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#1 posted 01-23-2014 11:08 AM

Very nice pair of tables, I always like seeing anything G & G, really like the style. You did a great job and I am sure your very happy with them both…thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 01-23-2014 01:34 PM

Some great G&G details and would be very attractive pieces if not for the drawer pulls. Frankly, these drawer pulls are totally out of place and need to be replaced with appropriate G&G style pulls. Sorry to have to say this but it is a travisity to craft two beautiful pieces and ruin them with such minor details.

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

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#3 posted 01-23-2014 01:54 PM

those are really cool and unique. I love the design in the bottom shelves/stretcher. Did you route all of those squares and rectangles after gluing the boards together or insert the inner pieces during glue up? Really great tables.

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#4 posted 01-23-2014 09:40 PM

Very nice tables, I like the style.
G&G looks good in QSWO.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 01-23-2014 11:57 PM

Outstanding execution and finish.

-- Art

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 12:26 AM

I love G&G. Great work,,, love it…...

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

View danr's profile


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#7 posted 01-24-2014 04:24 AM

Thanks for the feedback,

The flat part of the bottom stretcher is made by re-sawing a single piece of QSWO and then gluing it up in a book matched fashion. In my experience with QSWO, book matching usually does not work out so well as it seems like the match never lines up exactly but you can sometimes get close. I think most people don’t even notice but the maker always does. Book matching flat sawn wood almost always works out well.

The large openings are routed out using a jig and a pattern collar on the router (pattern routing) using a spiral up-cut bit. I made a jig/pattern out of 1/2 inch BB ply using half lap joints at the X-Y intersections. The pattern is basically just a “grid”. I have used the same jig now for many projects. My jig is only the size of one grid pattern so I had to position it 3 times for each stretcher in this project. The jig is held to the work with small C- clamps. You want to have a backer board held against the work piece to minimize tear out. I usually make two passes with the first being half the depth of the work piece and the 2nd cutting through the piece. It can be a little tricky because when the cut out comes free it can catch the bit and give a little “kick back” tending to jerk the router a little. It seems to be better if you route out the entire area instead of just routing the outside of the opening. This way you are not creating a big chunk of wood to catch the router bit. After you do a few cut outs you will know what I am saying.

After the large cut outs are finished I make the Ebony plug holes at the intersections of the grid pattern. I use my hollow chisel mortiser with the chisel set at a 45 degree angle to the grid lines. I had to make an auxiliary table for the mortiser because I needed a deeper “throat” distance than what the “stock” table provided. Again, a backer board held against the work piece is needed to minimize chip/tear out in the bottom of the work piece.

Hope this answers your question.

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#8 posted 01-26-2014 01:10 AM

Very nice work. Love the G&G

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

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#9 posted 01-27-2014 01:30 AM

Very nice design. I’m also a fan of G&G. Do you sketch your design by hand or do you use something like sketchUp?

-- Jerry

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#10 posted 01-29-2014 02:46 AM


Thanks for the complement. I do not use sketch up for my designs. I did use it to design my shop layout. My design process usually goes like this:

1.) draw some rough sketches of the overall piece
2.) come up with the final / over all dimensions (just L x W x H)
3.) cut out a front view and side view using cardboard (stiff enough to tape together and have it free standing)
4.) place the cardboard in the location that the piece will go (in my home) and discuss it with the wife.
5.) refine the overall dimensions based on feedback.

All of the detailed dimensions are then derived / made up as I go and kept in a shop note-book. Also some of the detailed design elements are made up as I go. For example, I knew that the bottom stretcher would have the pattern that it does (as I have made several pieces with this pattern) but the adding the Ebony plugs at a 45 degree angle was just a thought I had one day in the shop so I tried it. Also, the curve of the front rail (under the drawers) was just made on the fly when I got to that stage of the project. I knew I wanted it to be curved but did not have a detailed drawing ahead of time.

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#11 posted 01-29-2014 02:57 AM

A very fine design and super build,extra nice work.


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