Greene & Greene media/sofa table

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Project by yokel posted 06-13-2013 10:08 AM 3136 views 26 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of four finished pieces i’m working on for my folks. They were looking to update some living room furniture & liked a few G&G pieces i showed them a while back. This one is heavily based on Darrell’s aurora sofa table: . The dimensions were changed a bit to suit their needs. The only other real changes are the double cloud lift in the front & the slatted base.

It’s intended to be a media table. I set up a media server a while ago that takes care of all the DVR, movies, music & whatnot. So a full media cabinet is really unessesary for them.

I used cherry instead of the traditional mahaogany. The panels are 1/4” solid cherry & float in groove(legs)/rabbet(frame).

I did go through the extra trouble of pinning the tenons with 1/4” dowel before capping them with ebony. To do it quickly & accurately i made a few templates to drill the holes with & setup two routers with different size bits(1/4”, 5/16”). Basically all the 5/16” ebony plugs have a dowel underneath. uf3

The stack of jigs & templates i needed to make for this guy:

The finish is blonde shellac>BLO>Blonde shellac>wax. (Help!>Slip>Frank). Couple of photo’s of the non finished piece(panels were pre finished).

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 10:31 AM

Wow this is a great project Yokel. Awesome job

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 11:04 AM

Beautiful design and craftsmanship!

I just don’t know if I would have the patience to make all those templates… Then….. Build the table.

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 12:09 PM

Looks fantastic, wish I could build something as well as this.

But… my OCD-sense is tingling. Sorry, but did you mess up those dowels/plugs on the bottom rail? ;)

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#4 posted 06-13-2013 12:39 PM

haha, if your referring to the front right inside legs. Yes, yes i did. The pins were intended to be reversed. The downside to using templates. I forgot to flip the template when i did the right side. Unfortunately i think the fix would have looked worse than just leaving it as is, so i just rolled with it. You LJ’s don’t miss anything. One of the several things on this piece i would have liked to have done a better job on. I’m still fairly pleased with the piece as a whole for a first attempt.

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Scott Oldre

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#5 posted 06-13-2013 12:45 PM

Inspiring. Makes me want to get out there and make some beautiful furniture. Very well executed. I don’t see any mistakes, just design adjustments.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 06-13-2013 12:57 PM

I don’t know if I’m more impressed with the piece, or that somebody actually discovered a mistake on what looks like perfection to me. Beautiful work.

-- Ron, Montana

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#7 posted 06-13-2013 12:58 PM

This is a very nice piece. You did a nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 06-13-2013 01:01 PM

Great job. Very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 06-13-2013 01:31 PM

Very nicely done with many G&G elements beautifully incorporated!

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#10 posted 06-13-2013 02:56 PM

Outstanding sofa table,very nice workmanship.All of the photos are very nice including all of the jigs involved.

-- Custom furniture

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Francois Vigneron

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#11 posted 06-13-2013 03:22 PM

That’s a beauty. It made me wonder if there is any original G&G piece with a slatted base ?

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

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#12 posted 06-13-2013 03:26 PM

Wow! Nice use of dowel plugs. Quite eye catching.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#13 posted 06-13-2013 04:13 PM

very beautiful work

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#14 posted 06-13-2013 04:25 PM

Francois, i’m far from an authority on G&G but i never saw any slatted bottom pieces in my research. The inspiration for those came from the uber chunky box joints on staircases/mantles in the Gamble,Blacker, & Thorson houses. I thought about making it a through tenon with the diamond cut detailed but didn’t want the slats to be so much lower than the bottom rails.

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#15 posted 06-13-2013 05:25 PM

A beautiful piece of furniture.

-- Bryan

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