Green and Green Thorsen Table Challenge

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Project by jockmike2 posted 06-01-2007 01:23 AM 2316 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never thought I’d get it done, but luckily I was able to finish on time. Thanks to everyone for their encouragement and support.

I made this project slightly different by taking Green and Green’s Asian influence and making it literal using Japanese symbols, one wheat symbol (for life) and the other meaning love. To which, I think, all Lumberjocks and Green and Green can relate to.

I used walnut instead of mahogany. I started with two coats of pre-stain followed by red mahogany stain. Then used three coats of shellac, and finished with Watco wax finish. The only structural differences besides the scrolled aprons were the raised clouds on the breadboard ends. I also installed a touch-light underneath the tabletop.


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 06-01-2007 01:36 AM

Great work Mike,
I love your scroll design, & the light makes the design stand out. I also like the cloud design on the breadboards.
We’re all winners in this challenge. Years from now it’ll bring back a lot of nice memories.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 06-01-2007 01:59 AM

Hi Mike,
—-well once again you’ve done a piece that comes up on top!

And I also like what you did with the Japanese symbols for ‘life’ and ‘love’....time can all-ways be met when we put our best into the arena of space and say ‘I can do!’

I might also mention that I was looking at your tag line and I do not see where you have properly entered this piece into the Woodworking projects tagged with ‘challenge01’ . If you will look at the page for this contest your project is not officially entered yet.

When entering your project for the contest you must place in tag line, (box) first the words; challenge01 and then whatever tag lines you want to use afterward.

I know you know this and that you just forgot to add the line in your tags. Once again, I thank you for sharing this project with us here!


-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 06-01-2007 02:02 AM

That came out great, Jock!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 06-01-2007 02:57 AM

Great Mike. I’m glad that your wife like it also.

And you’ve got a nightlight to boot.

I knew the sandbaggers would be out tonight.

-- 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 †

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#5 posted 06-01-2007 04:13 AM

Great job Mike….lol….I look at your profile picture and visualize you scrolling “love” and “life” into your aprons…’s kind of like me planting flowers at 6’4 280lbs.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#6 posted 06-01-2007 04:27 AM

Hey JockM2:

I like that scroll work…....bit more meaning. How does it look at night with the light underneath…..GREAT idea!!!!


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#7 posted 06-01-2007 04:41 AM

I like the added touch of the Kanji and the light below – I was toying with that Idea… wish I thought of it before I veneered up the legs! perfect opportunity to hide a cord!

I think the sideways cloud lift on the breadboards is a perfect crowning touch on this one! Very nice indeed!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 06-01-2007 05:46 AM

Thank you all, I sure won’t say it was easy. With a broken back it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life and thats no bs. Your kind words mean a lot. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 06-01-2007 06:13 AM

Take a well earned rest. Great job!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 06-01-2007 05:34 PM

oh this is wonderful!!!
what an accomplishment, Mike.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 06-01-2007 05:50 PM

Well done Mike. A nice design and great colors. I bet you will enjoy this table for many years to come.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 06-01-2007 05:51 PM

It looks great Mike, The finished product was definately worth the wait.

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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#13 posted 06-01-2007 08:39 PM

Great Job Neighboor!!! Very Nice!!!

-- Rick, Michigan,

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#14 posted 06-02-2007 01:15 AM

thank you Bill, Round and neighbor Rick, I appreciate that very much , well Ms. Deb I really owe you, Obi, Dick, Karson and Mark Os. you guys kept me going when it was tough, by your support, and encouragement, your inspiration and helfulness. I just owe you guys (gals) no offense, a lot. I just feel really good about finishing this in time, because my goal was just to finish it. I still had to go up to my Son’s place to get it put on the computer. My computer still won’t upload my pictures. So I was even lucky there to get that done. God Bless All. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 06-02-2007 01:54 AM

Great Mike!, I love the scroll work, the story behind the designs and “look” of the table. Nice job!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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