Aurora Side Table

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Project by tbone posted 1727 days ago 2381 views 21 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first try at mahogany or anything that is NOT a traditional Stickley look. It was made closely—but not exactly—to Darrell Peart’s pattern. It was good for skillbuilding with details such as the leg indentions, hand-crafted door pull, ebony pillowed plugs and splines.
The finish is what I interpreted from reading Bob Lang’s book on the Greene’s. Potassium bi-chromate along with a blend of artists oils—as near as I could put together—and boiled linseed oil finished with wax. As for me, I don’t think I’ll work with the BLO again as it is very time consuming for my taste.
Anyway, the warden likes it, so it now sits in my living room awaiting a companion coffee table.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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#1 posted 1727 days ago

What a beautiful piece of furniture tbone very nice detail and finish

Thanks for sharing

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#2 posted 1727 days ago

This is a great G&G table I’m sure Darrell would be pleased with it, Who wouldn’t . Outstanding work and craftsmanship,

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1727 days ago

Very very nicely done!
I’m G&G styles’ fan!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 1727 days ago

The warden has good taste.

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

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#5 posted 1727 days ago

Great looking piece with a pefect choice of a low gloss finish!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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matt garcia

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#6 posted 1727 days ago

That is gorgeous!! Love it!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 1727 days ago

Very nice table. Well done.

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#8 posted 1727 days ago

Great table, looks wonderful. How did you carve out the bottom of the legs?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#9 posted 1727 days ago

Looks great! I do love the G&G style.
Don’t give up on BLO just yet, yes it takes time to set up but it really makes the finished piece look great!


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#10 posted 1727 days ago

Abosolutely stunning! – Very nice work! This will be a treasure 100 years from now…well done!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#11 posted 1727 days ago

Very nice project. I love G&G style furniture and your project is a nice interpretation. Can’t wait to see the companion piece.

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#12 posted 1727 days ago

Beautiful details on the piece! Also liked your using natural sunlight in photographing it-something I’ve never thought of whwn it came time to take a picture of one of my completed projects.
Can you reference the Darrel Peart pattern you mentioned? Would like to get a copy of it.
Also, does it contain the instructions on how to employ the finishing technique-ie. potassium bicrhomate, artists oils, etc.
Finally, can I ask what technique was use to craft the leg indentations?

-- Gerry

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#13 posted 1727 days ago

Beautiful table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#14 posted 1726 days ago

Awesome tbone! You’ve really inspired me to get back to work on my sofa table.

Darrell told me that you can find the patterns at American Furniture Design Co.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#15 posted 1726 days ago

Gerry, CaptainSkully’s right, I bought the pattern from American Furniture Design Co.
This is the first piece I’ve built from a ‘store-bought’ pattern. I don’t think I could have figured out some of the details without it.
Also, the leg indent detail is beautifully described in Darrell Peart’s book “Greene & Greene-Design Elements for the Workshop” It’s deceptively simple, and it’s the kind of detail that separates this style of furniture from the other Arts & Crafters.
I highly recommend that book along with Robert Lang’s “Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture.” I know of no other books for the woodworker of Greene & Greene inspired furniture that are better than these two.

-- Kinky Friedman on gay marriage: "They should have the right to be just as miserable as the rest of us."

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