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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

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Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

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Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
That's Mahogany? It's absolutely gorgeous!
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
That's some beatiful wood. It looks like it has a finish on it already.
It should make a beautiful table.
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Dick,
I sanded it to 180 and wiped it with mineral spirits before I took the photo.

Scott,
If you happen to live near a guy who buys wood by the pallet from a nearby hardwood dealer, and sells it on-line, then you can sometimes go through his stock before he lists it and pick out what you want - especially if you pay in cash. ;)

Sometimes it takes a bit of searching, but I've been pleased with the results so far. Now the real question is whether or not I can (or want to) work some of the wood into the project…
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Ethan, that wood looks just like the type of mahogany we used on an church alter we built and it was called African ribbon striped mahogany. We not only had the 3/4 boards but some 1/2" & 3/4" plywood which ran a cool $120 a sheet. Believe me when I say I took all the leftovers home. I probably had 6 1/2 sheets of the 1/2" plywwod and tons of the 3/4 stock. You win some and you loss some and I think I may have won that round. Good luck with the design.

I just got started on my Thorsen Challenge table and pictures are to come.
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Looking forward to seeing your table! Good to see you back blogging again. Have things slowed down a little for you now?
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Beautiful wood.
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Rog,
It is quite similar, though this is Honduran Mahogany (swientenia macrophylla). I have a good supplier who just lives three or so miles from me. (I don't know if my wife knows just how much closer we're going to be to my wood pimp after we move into the new house - if she did, she might not have agreed to buy the house!)

Actually, they really haven't, Mark! But… as long as I can keep it organized, I tend to work better with pressing deadlines. For example, the president of my woodworking guild had asked me to write the article he usually includes in the monthly newsletter, giving my take on the Frank Klaus weekend. I agreed to do it, without giving it much thought (i.e. without considering the fact it was just one more thing on my ever-increasing list of things to do). When I came in to work this morning, I saw an e-mail from the newsletter editor saying he needed the article by this morning, as he was going to print with it!

Oops.

So I had to spend 10 minutes writing the article. It actually turned out pretty good! Maybe I'll add that to my Masters blog series…
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Looks like some great lumber there. Good luck in your selection.
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Looks like the competition is getting fierce… beautiful choice.
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
It is some good looking lumber. The question remains, will it fit in with the Greene and Greene furniture? Their focus seems to be more on the simplistic side (though there is some great understated design to their work that shows a great attention to detail). Will the graining of this wood detract too much from the overal design and appearance?

Possibly.

I might reserve the figured wood for a future project and try varying my Thorsen project in a different way.
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Karson said, "build it your way," it doesn't have to be an exact replica.
Put yourself into it, with what you have.
I think that wood would be nice.
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Eh… I know what your saying, Dick.

But at the same time, you're making the assumption that I'm building a table! ;)
 

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(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
I was assuming you were building an umbrella holder. Was I close? LOL
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
How about a Thorsen boat dock. That would be really original. LOL
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Sorry; that's all I'm going to say about it for now…
 

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(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

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Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
I apologiize Ethan !!
 

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(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
Very nice wood Ethan. I say use it in your project and you will not be disappointed. I believe the wood workers from way back would use what they had available. If they had the power tools we have today, they would have used them. If they did not have a certain wood, they would use another.

I am sure you can make your design compliment your wood selection, not distract from it.

I can't wait to see the final project.
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
No worries, Dick. Just trying to add some mystery. ;)

Who knows what wood I'll end up using…
 

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Laying the foundation...

(For any of you who have read the documentation on inserting images into a content section, this will look familiar. I figure I took the time to write up the blog, I might as well actually post it - or one of the slight variations I came up with, anyway.)

I haven't said much about the Thorsen Challenge - I'm a man of many words, but I rarely speak them without giving the subject some thought and contemplation. In the case of the Thorsen Challenge, I gave it a lot of both!

I'm mostly a small-project woodworker, so part of the challenge for me is to come up with an interpretation that fits within the realm of my methodology and capabilities. But the other part of the challenge is to come up with something that will push my woodworking skills to a higher level!

From a design point of view, I feel the need to honor the Greene and Greene tradition of mahogany and ebony. Ok, I actually don't have any ebony in my shop, but I do have a nice amount of blackwood - I think that will be an acceptable substitute, don't you? In any case, that's what I'm using. But I do have the mahogany! While most of it is of the non-figured variety, I've been squirreling away bits and pieces here and there that have some exceptional figuring in them.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Beautiful, isn't it?

I was wondering if there's some way I can work a bit of this figured mahogany into the project. The first step will be to take a better evaluation of what I have on hand and see which pieces might be useful. After that, I'll just have to play around with the design and see if it has a place in my project.

That's enough for now, I think… More to come later, I'm sure!
I'm with you Ethan, keep them guessing. Now if you want to send me private mail and tell me, I promise I won't tell anyone else.
 
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