145 - Greene & Greene Coffee Table Pictorial

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 04-18-2011 05:24 PM 7444 reads 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Every year, I like to take some time off for my own woodworking eduction. I truly believe that a craftsman never stops learning. Even when you think you know all there is about a technique or topic, there is always something to be gained from another perspective. A 5-day class at the William Ng School fits the bill quite nicely for an educational adventure.

The William Ng School is located in Anaheim, Ca and features class projects that really speak to me; lots of Asian-influenced work as well as numerous Greene & Greene pieces. Also, its only about a 6 hour drive, so I can build any size project and bring it back with me. The instructors are always top-notch and the shop assistants are helpful and knowledgeable. The lunches are excellent and there is always enough coffee and green tea to go around.

If you’ve never taken a 5-day class, I’d highly recommend it. You will be amazed at what you can build with no distractions in a well-outfitted shop. I’m not sure at what point in my life five days of non-stop manual labor became fun, but I’m there now! This is my ideal vacation!

Last year, I attended Darrell Peart’s Aurora End Table class (see the 6 Days to Aurora series of posts), so this year I decided to take William Ng’s Greene & Greene Coffee Table class. The tables compliment one another and more importantly, Nicole has been waiting patiently for me to build her a coffee table for the last ten years! Scratch one off the honey-do list!

Part of this little vacation is NOT documenting every step of the process, but I do enjoy taking photos. So that’s what I have for you here: a pictorial that documents the process in pictures. I hope you enjoy.

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Steven H

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#1 posted 04-18-2011 05:45 PM

Hey Marc

You should take the wood finishing class also.
Brian Miller he did all the finishes of
Robert R. Blacker house
Greene and greene

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#2 posted 04-18-2011 05:53 PM

Thanks Marc,

I didn’t really have time to watch this right now but I’m glad I did anyway. I live near LAX and have almost taken a class at NG school more than once. I almost took a class from you there once but I just can’t justify taking a week off.

But back to your table and your pictorial. I love them both. What music did you use? I love that too.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#3 posted 04-18-2011 05:54 PM

Great looking table Marc! and in only 5 days? I’m jealous… I am falling in love more and more with this style. I grew up less than 5 minutes from the Gamble House in Pasadena, CA and I never even knew it was there until I had moved out of state… It’s definitely on the list of must visits next time I make it home.

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#4 posted 04-18-2011 07:22 PM


What was the class like in terms of skill level? Is it something a person with some experience, but not a lot of fine furniture experience can take?

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#5 posted 04-18-2011 09:04 PM

What a great looking table Marc. What more can you ask for, a week of woodworking fun and making your wife happy by checking off one of those long overdue projects. I too am a strong believer in woodworking education but as I live on the east coast and 6 hr’s from Marc Adams School that’s were I make my yearly pilgrimage. I believe if you have the time and can afford the tuition its worth every penny to find a good school nearby and further your woodworking education. It really motivates me in my work every time I come back from a week long class. I wish I could get to William Ng’s School he appears to run a first class school, well maybe someday!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 04-18-2011 10:40 PM

very awesome! really enjoyed the good blues jam with the pictorial. nice project

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 04-19-2011 12:01 AM

Hmmm…. Looks like a good choice for a Guild build!

-- Buzz ---- Of all the things I have ever lost, I miss my mind the most.

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#8 posted 04-19-2011 12:17 AM

Vinnie. Classes like this are usually fairly beginner-friendly. Could a beginner knock this table out in their own shop with little guidance? Probably not. But in the context of a class where many of the machines are set up for you, jigs are already made, and the instructor is there to help with all the details, its a pretty safe bet. In fact, several of the folks in my class were “noobs” and all went home with a nearly complete coffee table.

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#9 posted 04-19-2011 05:04 AM

You have sold me Marc. I live a cpl miles from there and it would be an easy commute. I have thought about taking a class there for some time. I love the G&G style and think it would help me grow as a woodworker.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 04-22-2011 09:28 PM

thank´s for sharing Marc :-)
you better hope Nicole likes it after have waited ten years :-)

take care

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#11 posted 06-11-2011 04:30 AM

As always, great job!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#12 posted 12-30-2013 12:21 AM

Very Nice!

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