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Project by Andy posted 06-22-2015 03:57 AM 3396 views 33 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The design was inspired by the work of the Greenes with some additional inspiration from some of Darrell Peart’s creations. I combined the elements of various pieces to get a look that I like. Like every project I learned a lot in the process. I found some techniques that I did and didn’t like. I spent a good amount of time building jigs with the thought that I might eventually try to sell one. One of the jigs allowed me to make the ebony plugs on the router table which helped speed things up a lot. In spite of a few mistakes, I am thrilled with the results. My biggest area of improvement is finishing. I won’t be build another piece this size without an HVLP.

The desk is made from African Mahogany with the exception of the plugs that are made from Ebony. The finish is General Finishes water based dye stain with an Arm-R-Seal topcoat.

-- Andy





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#1 posted 06-22-2015 08:54 AM

Andy,

A really well crafted piece to be proud of!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 10:42 AM

Great lines. Airy. A piece of furniture I would be very proud to have in my office. Well crafted.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 10:48 AM

This is just superb..a delight to view and even be jealous! The lower cloud lift pieces seem so small..at my house I’d worry about rough housing dogs, and people putting their feet up on them. :-( thanks for sharing this..

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 10:56 AM

Simply stunning!! Well done

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#5 posted 06-22-2015 11:24 AM

Andy – excellent G&G piece. It is in my favorites for use as inspiration as I start designing a G&G computer desk. I’m curious – where did you get the mahogany? Is it easy to work with?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 06-22-2015 12:54 PM

Andy,

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing

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

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#7 posted 06-22-2015 01:24 PM

excellent work looks great

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#8 posted 06-22-2015 01:52 PM

Very nice. It looks great.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#9 posted 06-22-2015 01:55 PM

Excellent!
The closer I look, the more details I see.

Can you tell us how many hours you spent and what you used for your cloud lifts (router template)?

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#10 posted 06-22-2015 02:03 PM

Great looking Desk Andy very fine workmanship.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 06-22-2015 02:18 PM

Beautiful piece – details and proportions are right on. Very pleasing to the eye, and I’m sure to the touch. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#12 posted 06-22-2015 03:05 PM

Terriffic!!
Nicely done
would love to see, know about your jig to make the plugs
they are the most difficult part IMHO of G and G furniture

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#13 posted 06-22-2015 03:10 PM

Thanks for all of the compliments. I am very proud of this piece so the compliments mean a lot.

All of the curves were done on the router table using a template that I made out of plywood. I first plot the arcs full scale using a plotter. Then each one was cutout and stuck to the plywood using a spray adhesive. I cut them out on a bandsaw and the smoothed them out using an oscillating spindle sander with some hand sanding to get the final shape.

The lower lifts are actually much stronger than the look. The arch adds quite a bit of strength.

The mahogany was bought locally here in San Diego from TH&H Hardwoods. It machines very nicely. If anything I would prefer that it be a little harder. Other say they don’t have any trouble with blotching when staining but that hasn’t been my experience. I sealed it first with a coat of 1lb shellac followed by two coats of the dye stain.

-- Andy

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#14 posted 06-22-2015 03:13 PM



Terriffic!!
Nicely done
would love to see, know about your jig to make the plugs
they are the most difficult part IMHO of G and G furniture

- abie

I’ll try to post some pictures of the jig tonight. There are actually a couple of different jigs that were used for the plugs and splines.

-- Andy

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#15 posted 06-22-2015 05:38 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. Having made a couple G&G pieces I can really appreciate the time and care put into this desk.
I too would like to sees the router table jig to make the plugs. I used William Ng’s method that works pretty well.

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