Poker Chip Case & Table - Greene & Greene

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Project by SantaPaulaCraftsman posted 03-11-2010 06:58 AM 2709 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Greene & Greene style can make anything look fancy-schmancy. Even a poker chip box.

I love poker. I love woodworking. I don’t have enough time for either, being a tick below 50 and gainfully employed and busy family man etc. So because my time is valuable, I tend to choose projects I can use in every day life… a common utilitarian object transformed into something with sensuous curves, beautiful grain, and natural colors. Oh yeah, and because I’m better at woodworking than I am at Texas hold-em this is the only way to impress my poker pals.

This ENORMOUS box is 3 feet long and, with all my 14-gram chips, weighs about 50 pounds. I started with 3/4” plywood and framed it with Ambrosia Maple (my current wood of choice. It’s cheap and easy on my blades, and the patterns are impressive). The top is Padauk and some other wood whose name escapes me at the moment. The crossmembers are thick and the box overbuilt, but with all this weight I didn’t want the box to twist when carried. I used ebony for the pegs.

My previous project was the side table, made of mahogany, padauk and ebony, and is taken from a Gamble table pattern in Darrell Peart’s book (Darrell, you da bomb!). The box goes so well with the table, in my opinion, they’re going to stay together.

The chips are nested in the black felt beds that were in the original aluminum poker chip cases. I pulled them out, cut to size with the band saw, and dropped them in.

Ok guys…... I’m all in!

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#1 posted 03-11-2010 07:06 AM

Funny, my last 2 projects were a mahogany table that I used Darrell’s finish recipe for, and one with ambrosia maple. Although it is a non-traditional wood choice for G&G, that box is only going to get better with age, as the Padauk fades and the maple turns amber-ish. I love G&G too…works so well with modern or trad. decor. Nice work.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#2 posted 03-11-2010 02:06 PM

i love the project! turned out real nice. i also think its great because its somethin YOU enjoy which makes it all the better

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 04:42 PM

I am with you. Most of my tools are on wheels, because my “dedicated shop space” is also my “dedicated poker space”

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 04:43 PM

nice project. I love the G/G style.

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#5 posted 03-11-2010 05:48 PM

A couple of super projects very well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 03-11-2010 05:59 PM

I think your work is very nice. Well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 03-11-2010 10:00 PM

That by the way is a serious amount of chips. Do you run tournaments? I can’t see what kind of cards you have, but if you don’t already have a nice set of PVC cards, get some. You can get a set of 2 decks for about fifteen bucks. They feel slippery at first, but once you use them you will never go back. My experience is only with COPAG brand cards. They never stick together. They glide nicely on the table. They dont crease or dent. I have heard you can put them in the dishwasher, but I can’t imagine why you would.

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#8 posted 03-11-2010 10:13 PM

Very nice! I’ve seen several projects here that used a non-traditional wood for a Greene & Greene or Arts and Crafts piece and most all of them give the piece an interesting twist. Keep up the good work.

-- Jim, Nebraska

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#9 posted 03-12-2010 02:32 AM

Cool stuff! I absolutely love Green and Green style furniture. Nice work!!

And holy crap, that’s a lot of chips!


-- I hope the volume of shavings one creates is directly related to the probablility of one's success, cuz if so I've got it made!!

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#10 posted 03-12-2010 05:11 AM

Great job ! I like the Green and Green style works well. Psst! can I borrow a few bucks till fri?

-- Gotwood1962, If sawdust were valuable... I'd be a millionaire

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#11 posted 03-16-2010 07:39 AM

nice looking poker chip case… all in…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 03-22-2010 08:27 AM

hi,,everybody,see the nice poker chip case:!

-- never given up

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#13 posted 03-22-2010 08:33 AM

we are the jiaxing melody art&craft co;ltd,specialized in aluminum poker chip set for decades,aluminum tool case,if you need or have any problem about that,contact me free.

-- never given up

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