|Project by WhattheChuck||posted 05-26-2014 04:21 PM||4043 views||21 times favorited||22 comments|
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.
-- Chuck, Pullman, WA