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Greene & Greene Thorsen House Inspired Dining Table

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Project by TungOil posted 10-02-2017 03:24 AM 2350 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dining table is inspired by the Greene & Greene design for the Thorsen House. The top is slip matched pommelle sapele veneer. The remainder of the piece is quarter sawn sapele with gabon ebony plugs and splines. Finish is General Finishes dye stain topped with Target Coatings EM6000 lacquer.

This table has an elliptical top measuring 65” x 75”. When fully extended with four leaves it is 135” long and can seat 12 people comfortably.

This table took about about 500 hours to complete and the build was deceivingly complex. The center field is vacuum pressed shop sawn veneer over two layers of 3/4” Baltic Birch plywood. I had pattern routing templates cut by a local shop with a CNC to make the center field, edge border pieces and curved splines to assure a perfect fit. There are 142 square plugs, 32 splines and 22 rectangular plugs made from ebony. The angled mortise and tenon joinery for the base was tricky, especially during the glue up.

Overall I’m pleased with how this table came out, although if I were to make another there are a few things I would do differently. You can see more detail on the build on my blog here:

http://lumberjocks.com/TungOil/blog

C&C welcome, thanks for looking!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"





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pottz

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#1 posted 10-02-2017 03:41 AM

just magnificent,wow,i am a huge fan of g&g and you did it justice my friend.having done some myself i give you a big salute,i dont think most understand what goes into building a g&g style piece of furniture.looks so simple yet so detailed and laborious to build.fantastic job.
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g

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

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#2 posted 10-02-2017 04:05 AM

I’ve followed your blog from the start. It’s nice to see the finished piece. Truly remarkable work, Tung. Every aspect of it is beautiful.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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TungOil

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#3 posted 10-02-2017 04:18 AM

Thanks guys!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#4 posted 10-02-2017 04:46 AM

Unbelievably beutiful, well done and inspiring You must feed quite proud of this piece

-- Ken

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horky

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#5 posted 10-02-2017 11:51 AM

A FANTASTIC piece. The blog is great. Thanks for sharing. Look forward to seeing your chairs. Enjoy it for years to come.

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Ellenesse

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#6 posted 10-02-2017 12:45 PM

This is a nicely executed piece. I hope to someday come near the ability you have displayed here.

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TungOil

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#7 posted 10-02-2017 01:23 PM



Unbelievably beutiful, well done and inspiring You must feed quite proud of this piece

- newwoodbutcher


Thanks- I’m not sure proud is the right word, but I’m definitely happy to have this monster out of my shop!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#8 posted 10-02-2017 02:35 PM

This is such a beautiful piece and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 10-02-2017 02:37 PM

What a lovely table. Love the leg design.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 10-02-2017 03:23 PM

This is a truly magnificent piece. One of the best ever posted on this forum. I’ve been to Gamble house and you really nailed it.

I’ve really enjoyed your blog too. It’s funny how your feelings for a project of this scope change over time. I really empathize. Even building large decks by myself that take weeks turn into slogs to the finish line.

I’m looking forward to your future contributions. This should be an Editor’s Choice in addition to Daily Top 3.

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

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#11 posted 10-02-2017 03:31 PM

Great to finally see it all together!
Wonderfully complex, Almost a shame that base gets hidden.

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#12 posted 10-02-2017 04:02 PM

And there it is! Man I bet that feels good to be done with this project. The scope and scale of it is remarkable. You did this one justice from start to finish, and the Greene brothers are smiling somewhere.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 10-02-2017 04:53 PM

Tung,

Looks great. Do you have a picture of the whole table with the leaves as well just to get a real sense of how big it truly is? So are matching chairs next on the to do list?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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TungOil

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#14 posted 10-02-2017 05:16 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments and feedback.

Earl- I didn’t ‘deliver’ the leaves yet, I just sprayed them so I didn’t want to move them just yet. I’ll post a follow up photo in a few days. I still need to add the keepers so I will need to put the whole thing together soon anyway. Yes, chairs are next. I have never made a chair, so I’m taking the Blacker house side chair class at Marc Adams next week. making a run of 12 chairs in my shop is going to leave me space challenged again.

Splinter- interestingly the base is not as hidden as I expected it would be- Enter my dining room from the foyer gives a long sight distance and it is actually quite visible.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#15 posted 10-02-2017 07:36 PM

I’ve read all your posts about the build. I really don’t know if I’ve ever seen any one approach a project the way you have from careful planning, to meticulously executing all the details… Thanks for sharing, and excellent work.

-- Pete

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