Greene & Greene Aurora Desks

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Project by mattsanf posted 01-14-2008 05:30 PM 3482 views 29 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finally finished a matching pair of Greene & Green inspired desks for my wife and me. The photos are of my G&G desk #2, made based on the Aurora desk by Darrell Peart at Darrel sells the plans for this desk at American Furniture Design website.

My desks are made from African mahogany and ebony. I finished this one with General Finishes brand Arm-R-Seal that I tinted with a little General Finishes “warm cherry” stain.

These took almost 2 years to complete because other small projects kept intruding and I would get distracted away from the desks. I am very glad to be done!

I started these desks before Darrell had his plans for sale, so after emailing him for permission, I made my own drawings to build my desk. During the two long years of work, Darrell’s plans hit the market and I bought a set of the plans. Boy would I have saved time if I had those from the start!!

My drawings were very close to Darrell’s dimensions, but were off just enough to make it impossible for me to follow his plans exactly. Since I had already started cutting parts to my dimensions, I stuck with my plans and only used Darrell’s plans for reference.

My shop now looks huge without these two desks sitting in the middle of it as they have been for a long time now. If you are interested in my posts from the construction of the desks, see my blog at .

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa.,

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#1 posted 01-14-2008 05:46 PM

A matched set…sweet!

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#2 posted 01-14-2008 06:15 PM

Amazing Work Matt!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 06:18 PM

Beautiful piece! And the finish makes me want to touch it.

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

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#4 posted 01-14-2008 06:18 PM

Very nice, congrats on the completion of these beautiful desks!

I know the sense of relief you feel after having something under foot for so long.

-- Paul, Texas

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#5 posted 01-14-2008 06:21 PM

Very nice work!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 01-14-2008 06:28 PM

Very nice work. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 01-14-2008 06:29 PM

Beautiful pieces. I’ve been following on your blog – congratulations on finishing them! (And thanks for posting pics – we were all waiting to see how they’d look!).

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 07:07 PM

these are SOOOOOO beautiful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-14-2008 07:20 PM

Very nice pair of desks.

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 08:33 PM

Matt, what a beautiful job, the top looks excellent and the cherry stain really leveled out the colors to perfection. Gorgeous Desk.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 10:58 PM

Thanks all! They were fun.


-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa.,

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#12 posted 01-15-2008 03:18 AM

Great job! Nice details too!


-- Williamsport, MD

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#13 posted 01-15-2008 03:26 AM

Nice desk, I like the open table-like structure.

-- Marge, Colorado

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#14 posted 01-16-2008 06:04 AM

Nice. Great details.. Have you ever been out here to see the Gamble House?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#15 posted 01-16-2008 10:07 PM

I haven’t. I’d love to see it sometime though. I have not seen any G&G in person yet.

-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa.,

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