Aurora Side Table

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Project by tbone posted 11-27-2009 08:09 PM 2517 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: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 08:14 PM

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 11-27-2009 08:26 PM

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 11-27-2009 09:08 PM

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

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-27-2009 11:04 PM

The warden has good taste.

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

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#5 posted 11-27-2009 11:42 PM

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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#6 posted 11-28-2009 12:02 AM

That is gorgeous!! Love it!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#7 posted 11-28-2009 12:18 AM

Very nice table. Well done.

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#8 posted 11-28-2009 01:15 AM

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 11-28-2009 01:49 AM

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 11-28-2009 03:21 AM

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 11-28-2009 04:18 AM

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 11-28-2009 05:19 AM

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 11-28-2009 05:39 AM

Beautiful table.

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#14 posted 11-28-2009 02:25 PM

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 11-28-2009 11:04 PM

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: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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