Greene and Greene Drop-leaf Coffee Table

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Project by Jake Willet posted 02-14-2011 05:48 AM 4112 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first furniture project. I was tired of shoving the old coffee table out of the way every time I wanted to recline on my sofa. It is based on this Greene and Greene design called “Mystery Table” which was a surplus piece never commissioned and recreated by Darrell Peart:

Materials are African Mahogany and Ebony. I finished using Darrell’s schedule of orange/medium brown General Finishes dye topped with Arm-R-Seal.

The top was originally going to be continuous, but I couldn’t figure out how to make a rule joint across the grain of the boards. That in addition to the cupping that had already started made me settle on beadboards in the field (the beadboards on the ends were part of the design). All joints are mortise and tenon with non-functional plugs. The Rockler drop-leafs supports worked better than expected and hold strong.

This site has been a great resource for ideas and I look forward to collaborating with fellow woodworkers for many years.

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 06:24 AM

Wow! Impressive. I loooove Greene and Greene. Even took a class with Darrell Peart to even hone my skills in the direction of G&G style. Love that corner sweep at the ends. It just adds that extra “Baam!” to the overall piece.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 07:40 AM

well geez, that’s a pretty good start for your first furniture project!!! how do you go up from here? fits perfectly between your recliners, very satisfying I’m sure!

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 08:00 AM

Nice coffee table.

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 09:40 AM

That is very impressive! To have all that detail in a first project is remarkable. Good work!

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 11:23 AM

turned out great…really nice design and look…well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 11:45 AM

You got skills man! That’s a hellava first project, way to go!

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 12:19 PM

Nice piece. I LOVE the detail shots. If you like G&G, I will be having Valentines Day dinner at the Napa Rose located in the largest G&G bldg in the world, The Grand California Hotel at Disneyland.

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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#8 posted 02-14-2011 02:27 PM

Just beautiful!

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#9 posted 02-14-2011 02:37 PM

Very nice adaptation of the G &G table. You did right, by adding the breadboard ends for your rule joint. The wood movement will eventually loosen the hinges if you put them on the tops with the grain running the other way. Nice craftsmanship. this will be a family heirloom. Thanks for the post.

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#10 posted 02-14-2011 03:48 PM

very nice, i like that drawer detail

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#11 posted 02-14-2011 04:20 PM

Very nice work..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 02-14-2011 05:37 PM

Beautiful coffee table and great design with your recliners.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 02-14-2011 05:43 PM


That’s just beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 02-15-2011 01:26 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments! Someday I’d like to move on to other styles, but for now Greene and Greene is my passion.

Greg: I hope you give your wife a disclaimer explaining that you might be distracted at dinner.

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#15 posted 02-16-2011 03:52 PM

Great work – very nice!

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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