LumberJocks

JP's Thorsen Challenge Entry #1: Will I ever make up my mind?

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by jpw1995 posted 04-14-2007 07:26 PM 883 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of JP's Thorsen Challenge Entry series no next part

Ever since the challenge began my mind has been going back and forth, and back and forth again, between design ideas. I haven’t even made the first cut, and this project has already been loads of fun. I bet I’ve done 50 sketches if I’ve done one. I’m talking about hand sketches here…. no Sketchup for me yet. It’s difficult for me not to bring my ideas to life in AutoCad while I’m sitting in front of my monitor at work for 8 hours a day, but I don’t think the boss is as enthusiastic about this project as I am.

I really want my table to have the signature look of a Greene and Greene piece because I’ve never done a G&G project before. I’ve been browsing G&G sites, reading articles about other G&G projects, checking out the G&G shop drawings book every time I stop in to say hello to the boys at Woodcraft, you name it. Because I’m in the mechanical engineering field I work hand in hand with architects on a daily basis, and I’ve gone so far as to have some conversations about the Greene brothers with a few of them. The research has been a wonderful learning experience for me.

The only down side of doing that much research is that I now have all this knowledge of G&G design, but I can only incorporate so much of it into this particular project. Picking and choosing my favorite design features has been a long and ongoing process. The upside… I can see a lot more G&G projects in my future…. but those are in the future. Right now I need to focus on the task at hand and make some decisions.

The first decision that needs to be made is what type of wood I want to use. I’ve seen posts on LJ from other jocks who are also having issues choosing their material so I don’t feel quite as indecisive because I know they share my pain. One thing is for sure… I will be using Walnut for a good portion of my table. I recently purchased some 8/4 stock with the intent of building the table entirely out of Walnut, but I’m now thinking I may want to use two different species for a little more contrast. I’m considering Mahogany as a secondary wood because it’s such a joy to work with and because I think it would really look great with the Walnut, but the same could be said for Cherry… oh… what to do… what to do… I’ll have to take a look at some other projects that have utilized contrasting woods before that final decision can be made. Maybe I’ll find some in the 1000 plus projects we have posted here on LJ.

Well, I’m off to Woodcraft to check out their wood pile, and run some of my ideas by the boys behind the counter. I’ll talk more about ebony pegs, oversized box joints, breadboard ends and who knows what else in my next entry.

Until then…...

-- JP, Louisville, KY



10 comments so far

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 3629 days


#1 posted 04-14-2007 08:36 PM

eenie, meenie, miney, mo…
this kind of wood has got to go…
Play it again, and again and again
And before you know it—
you’re ready to stain.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View scottb's profile

scottb

3648 posts in 3795 days


#2 posted 04-14-2007 09:22 PM

Ah…. finally a post from someone back where I am in all this G&G craziness.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

View Karson's profile

Karson

35035 posts in 3868 days


#3 posted 04-14-2007 09:22 PM

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Well there is 4 aprons (could be different wood ??), 4 legs (do I want them all the same), (Do they match the aprons) What about the top (the cutting board approach) or one plank. Do the breadboards get made out of the same wood or a contrasting wood. Or do i even want breadboards.

I love this challenge because it is forcing everyone to make their own design decisions, from the same beginning. The ends will not be the same. As we can attest to on the two finished projects.

Have fun, just remember when you get done. It’s your table, It will be in your house. (or in Dennis case – the chest. It will be in the shop)

We will need more of these!!!!

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

View oscorner's profile

oscorner

4564 posts in 3779 days


#4 posted 04-15-2007 01:37 AM

jpw1995, just make several of them. One for each design. Who knows, they will probably sell like hotcakes.

-- Jesus is Lord!

View Obi's profile

Obi

2213 posts in 3705 days


#5 posted 04-15-2007 01:46 AM

After this Lumberjocks Challenge, people will be beating a path to our doors just to get one of “them famous Greene & Greene tables” we’ve heard so much about…

View Karson's profile

Karson

35035 posts in 3868 days


#6 posted 04-15-2007 01:47 AM

SO are you going to make an even dozen Obi.

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

View scottb's profile

scottb

3648 posts in 3795 days


#7 posted 04-15-2007 02:42 AM

I’ve been hitting bookstores (and unhappily not finding much of what I’m looking for. I guess a trip to Amazon is in order, not that I want to buy all those books to see if I like them) and after seeing a few compilation coffeetable style books, I started thinking about putting together a Lumberjocks tome. We’ll each get a 2 page spread to show our projects, with a brief write up about who we are and our work.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 3629 days


#8 posted 04-15-2007 09:31 PM

“LumberJocks of Today & Tomorrow” Nice idea Scott

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View jpw1995's profile

jpw1995

376 posts in 3766 days


#9 posted 04-15-2007 09:36 PM

Hey Scott,
Have you checked out WoodworkersBookClub.com? They have a huge selection of woodworking books, and each time you buy one you earn points towards a free one. I’ve been a member for a while, and I think it’s a great place to get books. You can also find hidden treasures in the clearance section every once in a while.

-- JP, Louisville, KY

View Obi's profile

Obi

2213 posts in 3705 days


#10 posted 04-15-2007 09:39 PM

Shall we start with Uncle Noah and his boat?

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com