Thorsen Greene and Greene Table - Yellow Birch Under construction

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Blog entry by GuitarFreak posted 05-23-2007 03:01 AM 1302 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table is a continuation of the special series that my father started. The series was “The Uniqueness of our Woods”. All of the tables that we made in our family were unique woods.
Mine is ”Yellow Birch” The wood is a pleasing pink color in the heartwood, lighter than cherry,. The sapwood is whiter. The quartersawn pieces have flecks similar to White Oak. The wood is quite dense and heavy.

Here I am gluing up one of the sides.

Everyone seems to be showing their tables with clamps, here is one of me.

We’ve never seen wood with monograms before but two of the tables that we are working on have similar marks. The pattern goes all the way through the plank.

The table top is a single board, not glued. The pegs are African Blackwood, which is also used for making bagpipes, black piano keys and clarinets. All joints are mortise and tenons.

My table is right center in the back row. Three tables were made by my father and the cherry table by my brother. The last one by my sister is not completed yet.

All of the boards for the aprons are a continuous piece that flows around the table.

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#1 posted 05-23-2007 03:17 AM

I believe your family has the Greene and Greene Thorsen Table pegged! LOL. They all are beautiful tables.

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#2 posted 05-23-2007 03:52 AM

It came out great. Thanks for sharing.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 05-23-2007 04:06 AM

That’s a swell looking bunch of tables, by a swell woodworking family. Good Luck!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 05-23-2007 04:20 AM

Good job Dan, Be proud of all you accomplished.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 05-23-2007 04:21 AM

Holy cow! Nice tables, all!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 05-23-2007 12:17 PM

You did a great job, they are all beautiful.


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#7 posted 05-23-2007 12:23 PM

the family that builds together, stays together!!!
This is REALLY unique since it is a family affair. Wonderful.

That mark on the table top sure does add interest to the table!!! And I love how you “wrapped” the table with a single board for the aprons. Nice touch.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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