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Project by Darrell Peart posted 06-15-2009 06:44 PM 3444 views 11 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I did for an article in Popular Woodworking (November 2007). When researching my book I came across this piece that was made in Peter Hall’s shop as an “extra”. (Hall brothers build most of the original G&G furniture)
I haven’t been able to determine for certain which Greene and Greene house this piece may have been an extra from (or if it is by chance a Peter Hall design). I suspect it was and extra from the Blacker House though.

Somewhere in the 50’s – this table (which was originally a Library table ) was cut down to make it a function as a coffee table – which it does to this day in the home of Peter Hall’s grandson. The bottom (cut off) portion of the table was saved though and as you can see – we placed the two pieces back together for the photo.

I was extremely fortunate to have been given unlimited access to this piece – I took lots of photos and measurements and re-constructed the piece as it was originally built.
In an earlier project post I mentioned that the Thorsen Sideboard was my closest reproduction of an original G&G piece – I had forgotten about this one – but then this is not necessarily in the strictest sense an original G&G piece – but was produced in Peter Hall’s shop and in the style of G&G – along with all the other G&G original furniture. When finished – I gave this piece to the Hall family as a Thank You for all the help and unlimited access they had given me while writing my book.

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 06-15-2009 07:01 PM

The closeup of the joint in the third photo shows what wonderful craftsmanship went into this piece.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 07:04 PM

this is just outstanding…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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DaytonB

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 07:16 PM

you do exceptional work, thank you for sharing it with us
I’ll be purchasing your book in the near future : )

Again, exceptional

thanks

Dayton

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stefang

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#4 posted 06-15-2009 07:48 PM

I’ve run out of superlatives to describe your work and workmanship Darrell. All I can say is, if I were younger and had your talent and know how, I would be a very happy man.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-15-2009 07:49 PM

Real beautiful, I love the style and proportions, and the skill you put into it is outstanding.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

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bhack

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#6 posted 06-15-2009 08:15 PM

To you sir, I Doff my Fedora. My goal is to make a Greene and Greene inspired piece. Yours is one of the bars to reach for.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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Darrell Peart

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#7 posted 06-15-2009 10:06 PM

Thanks everyone!
I had a finisher do the finish for me – which is a very finely ground (very expensive too!) pigmented stain with a top coat that is a hy-bred – not quite a canalized lacquer – my finisher gets into chemistry and looses me at this point.

When doing the finish myself I have finish that I have developed – which I described on my blog

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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SCOTSMAN

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#8 posted 06-15-2009 10:14 PM

Hi Darrell your workmanship and furniture is really wonderful keep showing us the good work.regads Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Karson

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#9 posted 06-15-2009 10:29 PM

Darrell: Another great piece of furniture. It’s great that you’ve been able to bring back a one-of-a-kind in it’s oringinal design. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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dustbunny

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#10 posted 06-15-2009 10:50 PM

Gorgeous piece and extraordinary craftsmanship !!

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Loucarb

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#11 posted 06-16-2009 12:10 AM

Beautiful piece and fantastic craftsmanship. Well done.

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rshep55

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#12 posted 06-16-2009 01:17 AM

Darrell,
Excellect craftsmanship. I’m going to hunt down the plans and attempt it myself.

-- Ron,R.A.Shepard Woodworking,Massachusetts

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kiwi1969

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#13 posted 06-16-2009 01:25 AM

I saw this one in the magazine, which rarely appears here, and the photo of this one cut down for a coffee table looks awful. This is much nicer in it,s original form.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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Matt

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#14 posted 06-16-2009 03:03 AM

You do amazing work. Very excellent craftsmanship. I can’t wait to see your next piece. Do you do just G&G design?

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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Darrell Peart

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#15 posted 06-17-2009 12:23 AM

Hi Matt,
thanks –
For the time being I do only G&G inspired work – I don’t foresee that changing but I don’t like boxing myself in either – I like to think I go wherever my whim takes me – so for now that is G&G

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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