Greene and Greene Inspired Hall Table

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Project by Willie Wolf posted 12-30-2013 04:32 PM 1644 views 16 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This beautiful table is well proportioned, with simple elegant lines that will grace any home. It can be used as a hall table, sofa table or an entry table.

The table design is inspired by the furniture of brothers Charles and Henry Greene born around the 1860’s. The Greene brothers architectural and furniture design peaked during the years 1902-1910. It was during this period that they created some of their finest works which includes the Gamble and Blacker residences in Pasadena, California. The brothers not only designed the homes but they also designed some of the furniture and built-in features of their houses. They primarily used mahogany wood with unique joinery details in ebony.

This table was designed by William Ng of Southern California. William conducts woodworking classes and instructs students in the making this and other G & G inspired projects. Visit to find out more about his classes.

I inherited this project from a fellow woodworker who passed away shortly after taking William’s class. I completed this table at the request of his partner. My Instructables is not based on William’s construction methodologies . I am sure I would have been more efficient had I taken his class.

The footprint of this table is 12 1/2” deep and 53 5/8” long. The top overhangs on all sides and measures 16 ¼” deep and 56 5/8” long. The table includes three drawers. The best mahogany available today is from Honduras and is referred to as “genuine mahogany”. It is expensive and runs between $10-15 a board foot and can be difficult to find. African Mahogany is more readily available and is cheaper ($6-8 a board foot) but it is more difficult to work and is generally a little darker in color and is more prone to grain tear-out.

The primary construction method is mortise and tenon joinery. The top utilizes breadboard ends for stabilization.

-- Willie, Ashland, Oregon

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#1 posted 12-30-2013 05:23 PM

Absolutely gorgeous! You did an outstanding job of craftsmanship, even if you didn’t take William’s class (there’s always his DVD, but I think I prefer Darrell Peart’s approach to some elements of construction).

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

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#2 posted 12-30-2013 06:21 PM

welcome to LJ’s..nice projects you have posted. this table is wonderful

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 07:06 PM

Great job. Love the craftsmanship. Welcome to LJ’s

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 12-30-2013 08:33 PM

Great looking G&G hall table! I’m sure your fellow woodworker would have appreciated your finishing the project.

-- Dean

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#5 posted 12-30-2013 08:46 PM

Well it is a magnificent table to be sure.
The story is sad and heartwarming at the same time.

Nice work.

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

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#6 posted 12-30-2013 09:49 PM

beautiful table

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#7 posted 12-30-2013 11:46 PM

Great looking table

-- Norman

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#8 posted 12-31-2013 01:25 AM

Big fan of Greene and Greene. You did a great job of finishing a fine project.

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#9 posted 12-31-2013 01:42 AM

You did a great job finishing your friends project.

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

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#10 posted 12-31-2013 03:10 AM

Willie – thxs for the G & G info and great table

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#11 posted 12-31-2013 04:57 AM

gorgeous table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 12-31-2013 11:17 AM

That is a beautiful table. Exquisite. Well proportioned and well executed. Congrats on finishing your friend’s project for his partner. That’s a sign of a true friend.

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#13 posted 12-31-2013 12:53 PM

Flat out Nice! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 12-31-2013 01:21 PM

Beautiful Table!!!

-- "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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#15 posted 12-31-2013 03:00 PM

Well Done, Beautifully Executed! I’m sure your friend would appreciate the job you’ve done.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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