Greene and Greene inspired coffee table

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Project by croquetman posted 05-30-2015 07:49 PM 1131 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made Arts and Crafts style furniture many times. I’ve made Stickely reproductions. But over the years I’ve noticed that my designs have moved more toward a Greene and Greene influence. So for this piece I decided to go in that direction a bit more. I added the cloud elements, the ebony plugs, the ebony exposed tendons, and the hand carved drawer pulls. Maybe not a perfect result as far as the G&G influence, but I got it out of my system.

This piece is made from a walnut limb. That’s right … a limb. We have a huge walnut tree in our yard that was killing our roof each year as it dropped walnut bombs. So the over hanging limb had to go. I have managed 8 logs from that limb. The largest is where it was brought down because I can’t move it. It is 6’ by 30 inches in diameter. The other logs have nearly all been milled into boards and are drying. The wood for this table came from one of those logs I milled last year. The boards were kept sequential, and this is sort of obvious from the way the top is pieced. Each board was about 12” wide, but with trimming and what not, I did have to cut 5” wide boards and spline them together to make the 3’ wide table top. The breadboard ends are 8”.

The base of the table is finished with Danish oil. The top is first finished with Danish oil, but then after drying for 3 days finished with 4 coats of poly for that durable finish a table that will be heavily used needs.

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#1 posted 05-30-2015 10:00 PM

Great looking coffee table—and great story about the tree limb, and how it came to be this coffee table!

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

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#2 posted 05-30-2015 10:31 PM

beautiful table

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#3 posted 06-01-2015 12:28 PM

Very nicely done. I like the design.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 06-01-2015 02:41 PM

Great table,thanks for sharing.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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