Greene an Greene inspired baby changing table.

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I have looked through a lot of Greene and Greene books, the online archives, and been to the Thorsen house. I don’t believe there was ever a Greene designed changing baby changing table. I guess it wasn’t something that came to mind for fine furniture in Victorian times. I designed and built this one before the birth of my first daughter in 2004. It is built from Douglas fir with Brazilian cherry accents. I had in mind the beautiful sideboards designed by Charles Greene for the ultimate bungalows of Pasadena. I love the contrast between mahogany and ebony in the Greene pieces, and thought it would be interesting to try that with cherry contrasted against a pickling stain. My design is proportioned with several golden ratios. This was my first original design. The lumber was recycled from some wide planks of fir that were bookshelves in the apartment I was born in.

-- Joe, South Carolina

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#1 posted 06-30-2013 04:38 PM

Looks like your house is soon going to be a lovely G&G bungalow. Great work Joe !

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

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#2 posted 06-30-2013 05:02 PM

Very nice design and build Joe. The cherry contrasts well with the pickled fir. Love that you recycled something from your childhood into a piece for your child (and future generations). As a newbee woodworker I am just learning about Greene and Greene. Could you point out some of their features you incorporated (and add some more close ups)? Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 06-30-2013 05:06 PM

Really nice. It has some great details of the Greene brothers.

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 03:12 PM

It has several Greene elements. The first is the use of cloud lift motif on the horizontal rails. The contrasting proud inlays are another feature. It resembles loosely the sideboard in the Gamble house. Another feature which is less obvious is the contrast in elevations of the vertical and horizontal members. This creates a shadow line where joints meet and is a beautiful prominent feature of G & G. If I did this piece again I would emphasize that more on the front. I would also put more overhang on the top, to emphasize the horizontal line.
I will post some more pictures to illustrate when I get a chance.

-- Joe, South Carolina

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 04:45 PM

Thanks for the rapid response! The more I learn about G&G the more I like it. As I said on another post ‘Subtle is classy.’ Looking forward to the pictures.

-- God bless, Candy

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