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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 02-22-2010 05:11 PM 1898 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it looks like I won’t have the money for Darrell’s class at William Ng’s school this weekend (or Disneyland either for that matter). I’m pretty bummed. I had to do the right thing and spend my tuition on sailing instructor seminars to further my “real” career. Luckily, the woodworking classes are offered often (I’ve got them all on the calendar), and Mickey will always be there.

I may just have to bite the bullet and plunge back into the sofa table project without taking the class. I was going to wait, but his book is really good and there’s lots of online help with Greene & Greene details too. Luckily, I have plenty of mahogany to work with. I’ll get the top all put together with breadboard ends and start on the legs. After my near-disaster with the lock-miter bit on the dining table project, I should be much better suited to make the legs for this project. There are a couple of jigs to make for this project too. I also plan on making more G&G stuff in the future, so that’ll be a good investment. I’m not looking forward to working with the ebony again though. The sawdust kicked my butt. Sorry for the lack of progress in this update. I just needed to vent…

One thing I’ve noticed is that thewoodwhisperer’s table doesn’t have a lower shelf (probably to lighten up the look), but Darrell’s design does have one. I’m going to opt for the shelf as another place for books, knick-knacks, etc. I’m also going to do the tapered inset vs. the double cloud-lift profile at the bottom of the legs (which means another jig).


^ TheWoodWhisperer’s table


^ Darrell Peart’s table

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails



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#1 posted 02-22-2010 05:55 PM

Very nice tables. You did a great job!

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 06:15 PM

I’ve been looking at these two tables too—I like the way the bottom edge of the apron(?) in the WW version is arched and the leg detail is a bit different as well.

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 12:08 AM

That is gorgeous!

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 12:11 AM

Thats a nice table.

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 12:48 AM

Love that kind of look. Very masculine.

-- William, Brighton, MI

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#6 posted 02-23-2010 05:00 AM

Oops! I didn’t mean to infer that these were my tables, these are the two example tables that I’m using for inspiration. I’m early into the building process.

The top one is Marc Spagnoula (aka The Wood Whisperer), and the second one is Darrell Pearts’s (aka Darrell Peart). Marc made his based on Darrell’s design, and I’m not sure where the arch came from, but I like it! Marc attended Darrell’s class at William Ng’s school (which I was hoping to also), and they ended up collaborating on the Hall Brothers’ frame. Now Marc teaches at William Ng! How cool is that? Shortly after that, Marc posted his project. The lines inspired me to buy a truckload of old-growth Honduran mahogany off CraigsList.

That’s about all I know about that…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 05:48 AM

Looks like those box joints are raised a little. Different and cool. How you think that dark tenon was done.

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 05:58 AM

Wonderful Darrell

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 09:02 AM

Capt – I think you have the credits backwards, The top photo is of Darrell’s Arched Aurora End Table. The picture is on his website and I think it is in his book too.

The bottom picture must be that of the Wood Whisperer’s table. I couldn’t find it on his website so I couldn’t confirm it.

Both are very nice tables and excellent inspirations.

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#10 posted 02-23-2010 09:14 AM

D’oh! Thanks for the clarification.

I thought one was yours and another was Marc’s for some reason.

Sometimes I read through them too fast.

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#11 posted 02-24-2010 06:10 PM

Darrell shows the arched table on his real website, but the plans from American Furniture Design are for the rectangular version. I’m going to modify the design anyway because I’m making a sofa table. I’ve actually been concerned about being able to keep the arch proportions across a longer span. I might build the whole underbody end table size, which would allow me to follow the plan’s dimensions, and let my considerably longer top hang over substantially on either side. This would be faithful to a lot of Greene & Greene pieces I’ve seen.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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