Greene and Greene Inspired Table

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Project by ChuckC posted 01-06-2015 05:29 PM 2008 views 15 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a table I just completed. The size is about 50” long and 13.5” wide. Wood is Cherry and Ebony.

There were a lot of “firsts” on this one for me. I’m glad it’s done!

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-06-2015 05:47 PM

Very nice table. What are the firsts? :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 07:13 PM

Just can’t beat the experience of building a Greene and Greene Piece. Love the front handles and nice job on the bread board ends with the joining accent. Nicely done. Not sure what it’ll be but there’s more of the G&G in my future too.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 08:38 PM

Thank you for the compliments!

Marty, Some of the firsts for me were using Ebony. I’ve done G&G in the past, some projects are posted here, but always ebonized Cherry with India ink. Working with small pieces of Ebony can be a challenge so I made a jig to mill it square with hand planes. I also made a jig to fit the Ebony splines (also a first) to their respective groove.

Real bread board ends are a first (top and shelf) and I did them with hand tools. I tried to use hand tools whenever possible and feel like I couldn’t have pulled this off without them.

I should have mentioned this in my original post (I meant to but forgot) but I bought Darrell Peart’s book on G&G furniture and it was awesome to have as I progressed through this project. Also, I’ve tried many different ways to make the G&G plugs but William Ng’s method of making them is the best by far.

The next project is a G&G inspired fireplace mantle and surround.

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 09:17 PM

Very attractive piece, nicely crafted! Really like the way your use of cherry turned out.

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

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 09:50 PM

I love your cloud lift treatment on the table aprons. Very nice alternative. Well done.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#6 posted 01-06-2015 10:08 PM


-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#7 posted 01-06-2015 11:14 PM

Talk about gorgeous !....Man you hit a home run here….Well done

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 01-06-2015 11:53 PM

great craftsmanship, and a cool piece. You should be proud.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#9 posted 01-06-2015 11:56 PM

Well done. This table increases my desire to make some G & G furniture.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#10 posted 01-07-2015 12:04 AM

Nice job, looks great.

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#11 posted 01-07-2015 12:05 AM

Excellent precision Chuck. Charles and Henry would be proud of you.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#12 posted 01-07-2015 01:23 AM

Great looking G&G table! Whatever “firsts” you had on this project, you certainly nailed them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#13 posted 01-07-2015 01:47 AM

Nice piece! Though I really understand the ‘glad it’s done’ comment! They just take forever. Read Makinson’s book, and you start looking at what people way back when paid for the Greenes to make for them. Then it ALL makes sense!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#14 posted 01-07-2015 02:50 AM

Very nice! I love the G&G look, and incorporated real ebony plugs into the cabinet I re-purposed and added to for our kitchen. I have a small metal lathe that I used for turning the plugs. No cloud lifts, though.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#15 posted 01-07-2015 04:01 AM

Thank you for the awesome comments!!

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