Greene and Greene TV Stand

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Project by WhattheChuck posted 05-26-2014 04:21 PM 5696 views 23 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 05-26-2014 04:59 PM

nice job

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 05:19 PM

Simply beautiful – and I love the simile.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#3 posted 05-26-2014 05:34 PM

It sure looks beautiful and well made Chuck, I love. I once had ambitions to do some Greene and Greene designs, but my wife doesn’t get it, so why bother?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 05-26-2014 05:38 PM

Stefan—I was gonna peg this thing up, but I looked at the pieces in Makinson’s book and ran out of steam. I’ve made other G&G pieces, and thought that it was enough with the cloud lifts, the pulls, and a few ebony splines.

Plus, the main audience will be my two boys, blasting each other on their Xbox playing Call of Duty.

Look at the stuff they made for their own houses. Much less ornamented.

Chuck—glad you like the simile. Isn’t that classic?

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#5 posted 05-26-2014 06:18 PM

I like the level of detail. Really great piece from top to bottom. Well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 05-26-2014 07:00 PM


-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 05-26-2014 10:13 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed Chuck! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#8 posted 05-26-2014 10:38 PM

Very Nice!

-- J Azuma

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#9 posted 05-27-2014 12:25 AM

My favorite style, you did an excellent job.

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#10 posted 05-27-2014 02:25 AM


-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 05-27-2014 11:30 AM

Wow beautiful TV Stand in the Greene & Greene theme. You have done an amazing job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#12 posted 05-27-2014 12:44 PM

that looks really nice, good job on the drawers.

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#13 posted 05-27-2014 01:51 PM

A very beautiful stand love that G&G.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 05-27-2014 02:26 PM

It’s a really nice design and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#15 posted 05-27-2014 03:10 PM

Impressive work well done!

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