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Greene and Greene TV Stand of African Mahogany, Baltic Birch plywood, and ebony.

No monkeys lost their home because of this project!

One of the ways I augment my wood collection is to cruise Craigslist and look for old men's wood collections. You can often find pretty awesome deals on wood, and since I won't buy tropical hardwoods for my own ethical reasons (don't wanna argue about it!), the only way I would end up working with mahogany is if I could find the wood this way.

This is a TV stand made in the style of Greene and Greene-the first real project in about five years since I got divorced and lost most everything. It was a nightmare to build-I found out how much I had forgotten in that five years, and though I'm pleased with the results, I can't recommend or consider making another one. There are lots of tricks about making Greene and Greene style furniture (like how do you cut the rabbets for cloud lifts) that are better off being thought out BEFORE you get to that place in the project. As Dr. Seuss once said about writing The Cat in the Hat-like being trapped with a witch in the Tunnel of Love.

The ebony came from scraps from Woodcraft. It's my first project using either ebony or African mahogany. I can see why people like it-talk about a shine.

It still needs two more coats of varnish, and I'll rub out the top to a mirror shine. I used Behlen Rock Hard Tabletop Varnish (an old can) and it was still good after all that time.

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Simply beautiful - and I love the simile.
 

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It sure looks beautiful and well made Chuck, I love. I once had ambitions to do some Greene and Greene designs, but my wife doesn't get it, so why bother?
 

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Stefan-I was gonna peg this thing up, but I looked at the pieces in Makinson's book and ran out of steam. I've made other G&G pieces, and thought that it was enough with the cloud lifts, the pulls, and a few ebony splines.

Plus, the main audience will be my two boys, blasting each other on their Xbox playing Call of Duty.

Look at the stuff they made for their own houses. Much less ornamented.

Chuck-glad you like the simile. Isn't that classic?
 

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I like the level of detail. Really great piece from top to bottom. Well done.
 

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Awesome
 

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Very Nice Work Indeed Chuck! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick
 

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Beautiful.
 

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Wow beautiful TV Stand in the Greene & Greene theme. You have done an amazing job. Thanks for sharing.
 

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A very beautiful stand love that G&G.
 

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Thanks for all the kind words. I'm now at the point where I'm waiting for the varnish to dry so it can be rubbed out. That takes about a month!
 

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Very very nice. just beautiful.
 

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Oh this is just a thing of beauty. Great design. Congratulations on a masterfully executed piece.
 

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Very Nice-Nice leg treatment. I don't remember seeing that before. Why didn't you round over the other edges? I believe that's typical with G&G.
 

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TRSNIDER-Going whole hog G&G, at some level is like making a furniture-scale intarsia piece. I like a little cleaner look. But there has to be enough detail to catch the eye. And then, with all G&G, you're confronted with the reality that every piece takes, quite literally, forever. The cost of one of the dressers, if billed out from the Hall's manifests, runs around $60K in today's dollars. So one is confronted on how to catch the look without spending 500 hrs.

And this was a firkin' TV stand for my kids' Xbox! One of the ways to get around carving out the indents is to do something else that from a design vocabulary makes sense. And cutting an edge rabbet down the side of the leg was a solution. It also matches with other time-period looks, like the Wiener Secession.
 
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