|Project by JoeMcGlynn||posted 08-10-2014 01:59 PM||2141 views||9 times favorited||20 comments|
I was actually working on another Greene & Greene inspired project, a wall cabinet derived from the dining room cabinet in the Thorsen house, when I ran into a delay. The handle and materials I’d ordered for the stained glass door hadn’t arrived yet and it was the weekend – the only time I get to sneak into the shop.
So I decided I’d make the little Thorsen plant stand—it’s been in Popular Woodworking and I know a lot of folks on this forum have built it. There are sketch up plans out there, I figured it would be a pretty quick, fun project.
As it turned out, it was a very fun project, although I ended up drawing up my own plans. The main motivation was to have full scale templates for the piercings in the skirts. I also wanted to change a few details. The Popular Woodworking plans have a different lower shelf from the original, I wanted to keep closer to the original. I also wanted a slightly larger top than the original. And finally, I wanted to use “waterfall legs” as seen on some of the gamble house furniture instead of the same square/tapered legs I’ve seen on other versions.
The construction was mostly straightforward. The hardest part, for me, was scroll sawing the pierced details. The cut outs are too small to be able to do much cleanup beyond correcting small undulations and smoothing out. I’m not really very experienced with a scroll saw, but it came in really handy here.
The table is built in quarter sawn Sapele. The finish is Trans-Tint Red-Brown dye, topped with Boiled Linseed Oil, Garnet Shellac and Antique Mahogany Briwax. I like the finished color a lot, it has a nice depth.