|Project by thewoodwhisperer||posted 03-29-2009 08:45 PM||10627 views||24 times favorited||26 comments|
Hey folks. I recently had the good fortune of taking a 6-day class with Darrell Peart at the William Ng School. I have always wanted to get some “official” instruction on Greene & Greene and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. Fortunately, it only took me 5 days to complete the table so I was able to head up to the Gamble House and take in some of the Greene & Greene mojo first hand. What an experience!! If you are ever in the S. California area, this is a trip EVERY woodworker should take.
Anyway, I took the project home and finished it in my shop. So after two coats of a dye mix and numerous coats of satin wiping varnish, the Arched Aurora End Table is serving us well in our living room. I would like to thank Darrell Peart for his design and instruction. This was an incredibly fun project and a great learning experience. The table is made primarily of African Mahogany with ebony plugs. The handle is actually mahogany, but I dyed part of it so it would look like ebony. I thought it really needed this contrast.
I am sure many of you will be interested to know the exact finish system I used for the table. I basically used a modified version of the recipe published on Darrell's blog. Darrell’s dye mixture calls for 7 parts orange and 4 parts medium brown. I decided to try adding 1 part yellow in an effort to increase the highlights. There definitely was a difference on my test boards, but now that I look at the final piece its hard to tell how much of a difference it really made. The topcoat is 6 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Satin applied using the same methods I discuss in my DVD, A Simple Varnish Finish. Check out the links below if you need a source for the exact materials I used.
And in case you want to see pictures from the class itself, here are the links from my site:
6 Days to Aurora - Day 1
6 Days to Aurora - Day 2
6 Days to Aurora - Day 3
6 Days to Aurora - Day 4
6 Days to Aurora - Day 5
6 Days to Aurora - Day 6
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