Greene & Greene-style Aurora desk (Darrel Peart design)

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Project by KiddFunkadelic posted 12-24-2015 09:12 PM 2223 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted to this site, though I have definitely been perusing everyone’s projects to glean some inspiration. So it’s time to give back to the people! My girlfriend is a writer and wanted a nice desk to work at. After much sketching and internet searches, she decided she liked this Darrel Peart-designed, Greene & Greene-style desk.

I bought the wood for this in early 2014 and finally finished it late in the summer 2015. It got set aside for a while as I had some paying gigs, and there were times when it seemed like it was never gonna get done. But alas! I persevered. It’s made of black walnut & sugar maple, with birds-eye maple for the drawer fronts and breadboard ends. All of the black accent wood is ebony, except for the drawer pulls. Those I made from some meranti decking offcuts, which I then scorched with a plumber’s torch as per a Popular Woodworking article from about a year ago. (I had no more ebony, and that stuff is expensive).

The finish is shellac; this was my first experience with it. It came out pretty well, but next time I shellac something with this many parts I am going to pre-finish before I glue up. And even though you can’t seem them in the photos, if you look close enough in person you will see 4 tiny paw prints from a feline breach into the finishing room. Adds character, right?

Glad I was able to get these pictures before the creative process took over the office, and now the desk is covered in papers. Still looks nice though.

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#1 posted 12-24-2015 09:58 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 12-24-2015 10:39 PM

Your girlfriend should be very happy with that….nice design and build

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#3 posted 12-25-2015 12:25 AM

dude that’s not nice its absolutely a stunning piece of work going on my favs list big fan of g@g style-merry Christmas.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 12-25-2015 12:33 AM

That is a beautiful desk, the wood is stunting, excellent choice; congrats on a job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 12-25-2015 12:50 AM

Great looking G&G desk! You nailed all the details, and your furry friend added a few as well. I’m sure your GF loves it!

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

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#6 posted 12-25-2015 06:57 AM

Very very nice. Did you find the plans to be accurate and complete? I’m planning to make this desk myself. I’ve had the plans for over a year but haven’t looked really close.

-- Ken

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#7 posted 12-25-2015 09:30 AM

Outstanding! G&G is still on my bucket list, so you’re far ahead of me—congratulations on your preservence.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 12-25-2015 02:46 PM

Pieces like this are increasing my love of G & G style. Excellent work!

-- socrbent Ohio

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#9 posted 12-25-2015 05:56 PM

Nice job. It’s now haunting me, as I’ve gotta go down to my shop and make one of those breadboard tops for a hall shelf I’ve almost got done!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#10 posted 12-25-2015 07:18 PM

Fine work. Beautiful piece.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#11 posted 12-26-2015 08:05 PM

Beautiful desk. I like combination walnut and maple. This is courage!

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#12 posted 12-30-2015 02:19 AM

Very very nice. Did you find the plans to be accurate and complete? I m planning to make this desk myself. I ve had the plans for over a year but haven t looked really close.

- newwoodbutcher

Hey newwoodbutcher, the plans were accurate, though I had some trouble following them. This was my first time using plans, so I just wound up using them as a general guide. The measurements went down to 1/64s, and that’s a bit more exact than I need to be. Darrel Peart’s book, ‘Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop,’ was indispensable however.

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#13 posted 12-31-2015 02:15 AM

Hey Kidfunk,
Thanks, it looks pretty advanced for where I’m at skillswise. Will probably start this summer.

-- Ken

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#14 posted 12-31-2015 02:36 PM

Can’t get enough of the G&G

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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