Greene & Greene Box

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Project by DuaneEDMD posted 04-21-2009 02:41 AM 1946 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my shot at a G & G inspired box that I made for my wife for her birthday. It is made from cherry with wenge plugs. It was fun to design and make but I am not sure about the overall look. As much as she likes the gift, I feel something is not quite right with this box. I can’t figure if the scale is not quite right or what it is. Any constructive suggestions would be welcome. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 04:26 AM

Nice little box.

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 01:10 PM

Duane the workmanship looks very good. I’m a G&G enthusiast but only as a hobbyist so my comments should be taken in that vein. One thing to keep in mind is that they did not restrict the use of plugs to cover screw heads. Some times plugs were used solely for decoration. Here, I am looking at the box lid. Your own eye is telling you about the scale of the project. It looks like you went with 3/4 inch thickness, which can be a little heavy for a smaller item especially with exposed joints. You can imagine the effect that five finger joints would have compared to the three you used. Recently FWW had a box competition and if you look at the 200 plus entries you will see the effect that delicate treatment has on a box. In my family, early projects become keepsakes even when I add one of the next generation so I encourage you to keep at it. Enjoy your G&G adventure.

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#3 posted 04-21-2009 01:50 PM

I think stanley2 has it right about the thickness of the wood. That was the first thought that I had. I made a similar box (not G&G) for a friend based on one that a liquor company made up as a promotion. It too was of 3/4 thickness and it always caught my eye whenever I saw it that I should have ignored theirs and used thinner wood. Do check out that FWW competition.

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 04:20 PM

Good job

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 05:48 PM

The joinery looks great. Boxes are always a great place to try new techniques. I think you already knew what the others posted or you would not have asked the question. You were right about scale and i think the proud breadboard end were too much for this size of box also. You have thinking about building one now.


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#6 posted 04-21-2009 07:30 PM

Dude, that’s awesome!

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#7 posted 02-22-2014 11:23 AM

I think the scale is fine.. looks great.

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