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This is my latest completed project: a bookcase requested by my loving wife many, many moons ago. The ‘customer’ specified G&G style, which was fine with me—I became an admirer of their work since I saw their first piece.
The bookcase is cherry, with ebony pegs—about half of which cover screws, and the rest are decorative. The piece is 28”H x 12” D x 41”W—a little wide for a 3/4” bookshelf, but it had to fit in a certain space and we don’t expect to overload the center shelf. The back is finished because I had thoughts that it might be placed in the open at some point, instead of against a wall (and also because that’s what us ‘Type-A’ folks tend to do). I shopped for 1/4” cherry veneer plywood for the back, but it was going to be well over $100 for a sheet. I opted to resaw solid cherry from my rough stash instead.
I have another half-finished G&G piece that’s been languishing in the shop for about 4 years now (gosh, has it really been that long?), that I’m motivated to pick up again. It’s an adaptation of a Blacker House mahogany sideboard, which I was going full-speed-ahead on, until I had to stop and teach myself how to do mother-of-pearl inlay. The original is in the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts, here in Virginia. I was a fairly new woodworker at the time, and the project was a real stretch; a small group of us started the project together with a ‘mentor’ who was teaching weekend classes at a Woodcraft store. We all sort of drifted apart based on the time it was taking, our various skill levels, and the workload of our mentor’s real job. So far, I don’t think anyone has finished their project. Maybe you’ll see a posting of that piece one of these days.