First attempt at Greene and Greene.

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Project by vidkid26 posted 12-16-2013 04:03 AM 2373 views 8 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this cradle for our “adopted” kids who are having their first child. I made another one about two years ago for the kids of one of my friends. I always wanted to do a G&G project but never got around to it. I found out about 6 months ago that I would need to build a cradle, so I thought this would be the perfect project .

I started with the glider plans that a few of us here at lumberjacks have used. It took about a month of mulling things over in my mind as to how I would adapt it to fit the G&G style. With a lot of pictures from William Ng, Darrell Pert and others, things finally came together. I looked for a cradle, but could only find cribs.

Three months later I finished the cradle and then started work on the base. It was a much greater challenge than I thought.

Its made out of mahogany. I had 3, 8/4”x10”x 7’ boards to start. I used General Finishes dye stain(7 orange to 4 medium brown ). It was finished with Arm-RrSeal satin.

I made a couple of major mistakes but didn’t have time to make new parts. I think they were covered up well enough. The baby is due any day now.

Please, comments are welcome, good or bad.

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 04:13 AM

First words out of my mouth literally “OH WOW” and the next thing I said to my wife was my little greene and greene table looks like poo next to that. WOW WOW. I am in awe.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 05:03 AM

Not many people can pull off an authentic Greene and Greene look.
You pulled it off with flying colors.
What a wonderful family heirloom.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 05:04 AM

It’s outstanding man. It’s tough when you can’t anything like the design to reference from, but you pulled it off.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 07:55 AM

Beautiful project and beautiful work. You have creative fantasy . I like new ideas for the Greene & Greene style furniture.

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 11:02 AM

That’s a gorgeous piece!! I am very partial to G&G. I love the unconventional lines and ebony accents. I think you did the style proud!!!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 02:48 PM

very nice

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 03:01 PM

Beautiful Job. Looks very G&G.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 07:38 PM

Very nicely done!

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

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 07:44 PM

That is fantastic work. I recently finished a G&G blanket chest. I went with Walnut. So I know how fun it is to make all those plugs and square holes.

Is that a plywood center panel? It looks like solid wood. I’m just curious. If it is ply, it’s impressive.

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#10 posted 12-16-2013 08:12 PM

I didn’t see any mistakes. I think it looks great and one day hope to have the skill to build somthing like that. I think we notice the errors alot more quickly than anyone else. I would be glad to put my child in that.

-- Justin C.

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#11 posted 12-16-2013 11:31 PM

Can you make one in an adult size because I would like to sleep in it?

Labors of love are the best. Good job.

-- "Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art." Frank LLoyd Wright

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#12 posted 12-17-2013 02:56 AM

So awesome!

-- Always one more tool away from being an excellent woodworker...

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#13 posted 12-20-2013 12:55 AM

Excellent interpretation of G&G. Beautiful piece!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#14 posted 01-23-2014 05:07 PM

Absolutely beautiful adaptation of that set of plans. I used the same plan last year & changed it to meet my vision for a cradle. The one thing I noticed on yours is that the side slat spacing looks a bit wider than what is generally used, at least in commercially sold cradles so that kids don’t get their heads stuck between them. Personally, I don’t think babies move around enough at cradle age to have that be an issue.
As long as you use a side pad, things would be fine anyway.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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