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01-18-2013 02:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: greene and greene ebony plugs bridle joint table

Okay, I’m close to finishing a reading table I have been building my wife for Christmas (yeah, I know) and I’ve come down to one last decision. Your opinions are wanted!

See below…

Obviously, Greene and Greene. I have been planning on adding ebony plugs on the table top. The top itself is framed in bridle joints, whereas I plan on adding two plugs atop each corner joint. My thinking is to make those plugs slightly larger than the 1/4” plugs used in the image, perhaps around 5/16”.

Would you do this? Would you leave them plug-less? I’m leaning toward NOT doing it, though I think we would expect to see it in the G&G style…and therefore I feel I need to add them.

Any ideas?

-- jay,

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#1 posted 01-18-2013 02:18 PM

I would leave it alone. It is a good looking piece. Don’t make it too busy. By the way, very nice work.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 02:19 PM

Personally, for aesthetic purposes, I would add ebony plugs on the top..that way all your joints are consistent with one another, seeing that you’ve already used them on the legs and drawers. But that’s just my opinion!

Nice work BTW :)

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 01-18-2013 02:21 PM

If you are comfortable in your plug technique and results, and the ones I see look good, I say go for it. I like the plugs as a feature in the G&G style. Nice looking piece.

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 02:35 PM

I think that it would look really nice if you did that. From the photo I can tell that you are doing a wonderful job on it and that it will be a beautiful piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 02:36 PM


Beautiful detail work so far and it will look great either way, but I agree with MoroonGoon, that maybe for aesthetic purposes doing the ebony plugs on the top makes it more consistent.

Look forward to seeing the pictures when finished.

-- John @

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 02:42 PM

Do the plugs and POST MORE PICTURES!
Beautiful work.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 01-18-2013 02:45 PM

I say keep “plugging” away at it. Lookin’ good, err, GREAT, so far!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 02:47 PM

I agree with the others, add plugs to the top. I think that the larger plugs would look good since the surface is larger.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#9 posted 01-18-2013 03:23 PM

What I have learnt from this thread is: Do not listen to the first poster to a thread. He is always wrong!!

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 01-18-2013 03:37 PM

That’s funny, Madts. Don’t worry…I look at the whole piece and I think it would be beautiful if I just left it alone, so I think we’re on the same page there.

I appreciate the advice and comments, guys. These types of joints in G&G are always plugged and I think consistency requires it in that case, so I will be doing the same. It’s easy to do, so it won’t be a big deal. I’m thinking two plugs on each corner of about 3/16” in size, diagonally positioned will do the job. I’ll do a slightl pillow of the plugs as I don’t want them too proud of the surface.

It’s a QSWO piece, not mahogany like typical G&G, and I’ll finish it quite naturally…if I wanted the mahogany look, I would have used, oh I don’t know, MAHOGANY?!? lol

Hopefully I can post the project this weekend.

-- jay,

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#11 posted 01-18-2013 04:56 PM

It’s going to be beautiful regardless, Jay. For the record, my vote is yes to plugs, and make them the same size as the others.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 01-18-2013 05:37 PM

Beautiful work so far!

I’m guessing from the pic you posted the table is about 16 to 18 inches square. If that’s the case and you’re going to use 3/16” plugs 2 diagonally at each corner would look right. If you went to 5/16” or larger only one at each corner. Smaller than 3/16” and you would need to use three in diagonal or four in a square at each corner.These would all be in keeping with the style.

But I think it would also look fine without any on the top!
Looking forward to seeing the finished piece!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#13 posted 01-18-2013 06:19 PM

Thanks again, guys.

I can see leaving it the same size, though I feel like I’d have to put three in each corner if I did that, which might make it look too busy.

Table top dimensions are approximately 22” x 18”, if memory serves. The frame of the table top might be pushing 3”? That’s why I was thinking of making them slightly larger. The ebony bases for the pull are good chunks, so I think going slightly bigger might work.

BTW, here’s another shot of that corner…

Notice I use a double plug on the front there. I’m thinking two diagonally atop the piece would be complementary, though three would get a little too busy?

-- jay,

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#14 posted 01-18-2013 06:30 PM

You’re good at this, Jay. Go with your instincts.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 01-18-2013 07:16 PM

Thanks, Charlie. Usually, my endstinks, but it doesn’t tell me anything. ;)

-- jay,

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