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Yorkshire version of a Greene and Greene box

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 04-23-2012 04:32 PM 4500 views 36 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little board of quarter-sawn oak that had been kicking around my shop for some time just had to be shown off, and much of the lid came from a bag of firewood I was given.

A book I have on Arts and Crafts furniture shows a thumbnail picture of a Greene and Greene chest that I roughly based the design of this on. It was only when I’d got the basic box put together that I decided to spend an Amazon voucher (Christmas present) on Darrel Peart’s Greene and Greene book that might have been useful from the off!

It measures about 11.5” x 7.5” x 6”.

The box certainly isn’t pure Greene and Greene, but is heavily influenced by the brothers’ work. I’m not sure that they ever used wooden hinges for instance!

Instead of the ebony that Charles and Henry Greene would have used for the black features, I used bog oak for the escutcheon; and for the studs, oak that I blackened with a mix of vinegar and steel wool (faux bog oak?).

I finished the box with paste wax over boiled linseed oil toned down with some dark oak spirit based dye that nicely accentuated the medullary rays. The interior of the box base and the tray are lined with brown leather (cut from an old jacket I couldn’t bring myself to throw out!

Stewart

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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 04:40 PM

Great work on this box. Normally I find oak a boring wood choice, but you made this look really nice. The Greene and Greene style plugs and accents always look difficult to sand and finish to me. I really like the bog oak, too.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 04:50 PM

always a delight to see your projects. keep up the good work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 04:52 PM

Well, Stewart, you sure transformed that little piece of Oak into another Masterpiece!

Wonderful job!

I love those overgrown box joints (LOL)... that Lock… those super hinges… and the way you made the Top so it could close! LOL

Beautiful work…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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T. D. Reid

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 04:53 PM

Very nice job sir! cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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rance

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 04:55 PM

That’s a nice looking box.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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HillbillyShooter

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#6 posted 04-23-2012 04:58 PM

Great design! Great execution! Simply wonderful! What more can I say?

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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bondogaposis

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#7 posted 04-23-2012 05:10 PM

That is a great project. I really like your interpretation of Greene & Greene.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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TomFran

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 05:33 PM

That’s a master piece, Stewart! Very beautiful work of art.

Isn’t is good that you “couldn’t bring yourself to throw out that jacket”? That’s what I call sensible recycling. And, it actually adds to the story behind the piece.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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stefang

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#9 posted 04-23-2012 05:49 PM

Wonderful box with your usual very high standards Stewart. I love Darrel Peart’s work. I think he has taken G&G to new heights, and your box is very much in keeping with that spirit.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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diggerdelaney

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#10 posted 04-23-2012 05:51 PM

You have used the quarter sawn oak to its best in this project. Lovely job

-- Derek, Kent, UK, http://s702.photobucket.com/albums/ww21/diggerdelaney/

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ShaneA

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#11 posted 04-23-2012 06:10 PM

Looks great!

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fernandoindia

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#12 posted 04-23-2012 06:27 PM

Beautiful Stewart. The style endorsement is superb. Pinned!!

Great work designing, and squaring holes !!

-- Back home. Fernando

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Bearpie

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#13 posted 04-23-2012 06:27 PM

Someday there will be a craze on the “Yorkshire Stewart” style! My way of saying “Job superbly done!”

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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SPalm

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#14 posted 04-23-2012 07:10 PM

Hey Stewart. That looks really handsome.
I am not a big G&G fan, but this looks nice. I do love the white oak and it’s shimmers.

Interesting top treatment with the frame and panel look on the inside, and the butcher board end look on the outside. Neat.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 04-23-2012 08:14 PM

Hi Stewart

Excellent Greene & Greene Box. The craftsmanship is perfect. Great job!

-- Dennis Zongker

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