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Asian and Greene and Greene Inspired Hall Table

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I’ve been fairly active in the online woodworking community for a while but have never really produced anything I would classify as furniture. I began working on this table about 7 months ago but got sidetracked with priority shift of renovating 6 rooms in our house. A few weeks ago, I was finally able to dive back into the project and managed to finish it.

It’s clearly influenced by much of Darrel Peart’s Greene & Greene styled work as well as work by Marc Spagnuolo, Timothy Rousseau and looking at other random Asian tables builds. I do sincerely apologize to all of the above for my poor bastardized attempt to be influenced by them.

The table is crafted out of solid cherry and ebony and finished with shellac and satin Arm-R-Seal. It’s a bit orange right now, but should mellow and darken as the cherry ages over the next few years.

This was a challenging project for me as it was my first real attempt to incorporate curves into any of my woodworking. Almost every edge in this entire piece has some form of curve to it.

Most of the G&G hall / sofa tables were a bit heavier and more bulky visually than I wanted to put in our entrance way. My goal was to make a piece that had a sense of airiness to it, but I also had to ground it a bit so it didn’t look like it would topple over.  The entire leg has a slight curve to it and they flair out at the base to try and ground it visually…. at least those were my goals.

As much as I love Greene and Greene styled work, I think my next couple projects need to focus on a style that is slightly more efficient to build. :)

A couple people ask for my sketchup file so here is a copy for anyone. Just bear in mind that this was just a design file for myself and was never intend for general use. So there isn’t finalized joinery or anything fancy in it and there were changes to the overall design after I got into the build.

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  1. Bill Lee
    February 24th, 2013 at 19:39 | #1

    Very nice. I have been an admirer of G & G for many years and enjoy seeing people inspired by their work who go on and create their own designs and executions.

  2. Bruce Cohen
    March 2nd, 2013 at 21:04 | #2

    Your hall table has totally blown me away. It combines the best of the Greene brothers and subtle but prominent feelings.

    If you ever do turn your rough Sketch-up files into construction plans, I would be the first to buy them.
    I’m a box maker, but occasionally, I do build Greene & Greene furniture. I’ve also started to combine some of their details into my jewelry boxes.

    many thanks for sharing this with us, I’m at a loss for words.

    Bruce

    • Nik Brown
      March 3rd, 2013 at 22:21 | #3

      Thanks!

  3. Randall Schwartz
    March 4th, 2013 at 17:39 | #4

    Love the table. My last project was a cherry greene and greene chest of drawers and my next project is a hall table with a suspensed top like yours. You got me coming and going. Love the piece.

  4. Cory
    June 14th, 2013 at 17:53 | #5

    Nik,

    Great work! The table is great. I plan to make one. I would like to know how you joined the breadboard ends to the top? I have been reading Darrel Peart’s article in issue 116 of “Woodwork” magazine and his book. Does the top conform to the concave cloud lift? Darrel has some jigs to accommodate that and I was wondering how you did it?

    Thanks,
    -Cory

  5. Steve Linna
    September 17th, 2013 at 01:23 | #6

    Hi Nik,

    This is quite a beautiful table – very impressive.

    I and a few other folks are interested in technically how the internals of the joint between the table top and the breadboard ends is accomplished. Would you be willing to provide some insight into how you constructed this?

    We have a thread in the Woodtalk Forum discussing it here:
    http://www.woodtalkonline.com/topic/11930-curved-breadboard-ends/

    Would really appreciate if you could provide your insight!

    Steve

  6. Nik Brown
    October 27th, 2013 at 19:01 | #7

    @Cory
    @Steve Linna
    Sorry for the delay in replies… a small munchkin old invaded my life and I lost some comments in the blog spam filters. I’ve responded to the wood-talk thread with some explanation.

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