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Craftsman Style Coffee Table

Limbert Coffee table


An elliptical top, arched legs, and decorative piercings add grace and beauty to this Craftsman-style table modeled after a library table by Charles Limbert. This scaled-down version preserves the original overall proportions, as well as elliptical top and shelf, gently curved legs, and decorative piercings in the stretchers. Bridle joints hold the legs and aprons together, and a notched bridle joint is used where the stretchers intersect. The legs and shelf are notched where they meet, and slip tenons join the stretchers to the legs.

Dimensions: Oval top is approx 3′ x 2′, table top is 20″ in height.

Material: all solid quarter-sawn white oak.

NOTE: Shipping is done by FedEx; it is the largest package they will take, short of it going freight. I have a custom, heavy-duty cardboard box custom made for this table. The shipping is $275 to any place in continental US.

Design: G Paolini

Cherry Limbert Coffee Table

Cherry version

Living room

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Posted by on June 1, 2015 in Furniture


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Craftsman style table, Limbert #240

limbert table$875

This Limbert table from the early 1900s features gentle curves on each edge and arched openings in the side panels provide access to the shelf.

Overall dimensions: 20″ wide, 20″ deep, by 29″ high, made of quarter-sawn white oak.








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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Furniture


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Craftsman Round Table

Roundtop Craftsman Table


Take a look at this table, and I know you’ll find something to admire – whether it’s the highly figured quartersawn white oak, the decorative slots in the tapered legs, or the dramatic grain patterns of the round tabletop and the cross-shaped shelf.

Approx. 30″ tall, the top is 22″ round.Approx. 30″ tall, the top is 22″ round. NOTE: I also make a 24″ high version.

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Posted by on May 2, 2015 in Furniture


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Lost Stickley Mission Style Table

Lost Stickley Table Dressed


This is the so-called “lost” Stickley Mission style table, which was prototyped, but never was in production. What makes it unique is the front and back splay of the legs. It’s this slight angle that gives this table more character than straight-legged versions that were mass produced.

27″ high, 22″ deep, 16″ wide. Solid quarter sawn oak. (can also be made of cherry)

“We ordered two Stickley bedside tables from Patrick and could not be happier. He took such extraordinary care in the craftsmanship and the pieces are simply beautiful.” – Wendy K., Manhattan


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Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Furniture


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Modern Mission Desk

I challenged myself to design a modern mission style desk. The contrast between the two styles was challenging. I enjoy designing with Sketchup (and the rendering engine, Kerekythea) as much as actually being in the shop.

Some specifics: The drawer pulls are hammered copper, and sunk into cutouts in the drawer, as contrasted to being attached through the drawer front by a screw. All cherry and ebonized cherry. 6′ 4″ long by 32″ at the deepest. The top is 30″ high, and has 25″ of leg clearance.

Modern Mission Desk

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Posted by on November 14, 2013 in BlogNotes, Furniture, SkunkWorks


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Am I a Woodworking Snob?

I get quite a bit of my work from a certain website. Basically, buyers looking to have someone build them a project. Kinda like for woodworkers and clients. It works pretty well. They have a job board you can search through for these jobs, and then contact the posting party. Some things are beyond my scope – such a 30′ dining table with 16 chairs, but then again, some things are right up my alley, like cabinetry or smaller furniture.

Then there is some stuff is just awful, and I wouldn’t do it even if I could – because it’s a god-awful looking project that I wouldn’t even call furniture, let alone be something I could say I’m proud to have build (and surely not to have in my portfolio). Here’s the piece I’m referencing:

My god, what exactly is that?! In the description, it says “Simple Coffee Table” and “something for newspapers and magazines”.

How about something for the fireplace?

I don’t know who should be shot first – the guy that made this, or the guy wanting to have someone build something just like it.

I would never build this. Yes, call me snooty, if you must. But I would never have my professional name associated with this….thing.

The interesting part is, that with that amount of wood – albeit knotty pine, the box wine of the wood world – you could make a half-way decent coffee table. In fact, you can even make a decent piece of furniture out of one 2 x 4 ! You can read all about this project here, at LumberJocks.

More and more, I’m finding that woodworking is a lot like many other pursuits, such as playing a musical instrument, in that many people can do the basic stuff – such as read a plan and put a project together ( or in the case of music, read music and play the piano), but very few can actually create well – that is, create something new and nice, and do it very well. Everybody remembers the Beatles, but no one knows the “tribute” bands. And like this single 2×4 project, people can remember what this man did with just a single piece of lumber, while we forget the millions of pieces of 2x4s out there holding up walls and floors.


Posted by on January 7, 2013 in BlogNotes


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Mission Nesting Tables


Mission style nesting tables. All quarter-sawn white oak.

All table tops are 1″ thick solid quarter-sawn white oak.

Largest table is 2′ tall; top measures 1’11” x 1′ 3″
Mid table is 1′ 10″ tall; top measures 1′ 1″ x 1′ 4″
Small table is 1′ 8″ tall; top measures 10″ x 11″

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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Furniture


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Mission-style Doll Trundle Bed

Doll trundle bed


This wonderful little trundle bed would be a wonderful gift for that special little girl in your life. Made of all quarter-sawn white oak, with cherry trundle pulls, this bed will last generations.

The bed features through tenons, a “box spring” and mattress (just a mattress for the trundle), pretty bed dressings and two pillows. The trundle is not mounted on slides; it simply freely pulls from under the bed, which is the usual case in a real trundle bed.

The bed measures approx. 21″L x 15″H x 12″ wide, not including the trundle.

This bed fits the American Girl doll perfectly – it’s the doll in these photos.

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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in BlogNotes


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Craftsman Mirror

Craftsman Mirror$299

Handcrafted Craftsman (or Mission) style mirror. Beautiful, unique piece you’ll love. A narrow shelf supported by corbels offers a place to display small items, and the decorative cove moldings between the corbels and on the top really give the mirror a more refined look. The interior frame muntins at the top of the mirror break up the otherwise one piece look of the mirror. All solid wood, no veneer. Mortise and tenon joinery make it bullet-proof.

Comes with special mounting bracket to ensure a level and solid mount. White oak. Finished in shellac.

35″ High x 20″ Wide x 3 3/4″ Deep
Approximately 15 pounds.

Mirror shelf

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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Furniture


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Fairmont Unity Urn




A unity (or “companion”) urn is meant for two people. The cremains of the (typically married) couple each has their own compartment. Companion urns are commonly used for couples that make the decision to be together after passing. Many families will choose to purchase a companion urn before both couples have passed. This personal decision is made so when the couples pass they can remain close.

The materials used in the Fairmont consist of maple, for the main body and bottom plate; quilted (or “tiger”) maple for the top, which is inlaid in either Thuya or Amboyna burl (depending upon availability; both look very similar), ebony and paduak (the reddish color wood).

The approximate size of the Fairmont is 14 inches long by 11 inches wide (measuring the bottom plate) and 6 inches high. The main body, top and bottom plate of the Fairmont is crafted in 3/4″ thick maple. The “feet” on the bottom plate are ebony blocks, with softened edges – what is often called “pillowing”, because the end result is a block of wood that resembles a pillow in shape.mission

The exact size of the internal (and thus external) dimensions of this urn is dependent upon the size of the two people whose remains will reside in each chamber; the urn in this picture specifically was for a man of 200 pounds or less and a woman 160 pounds or less. The internal dimensions are calculated by simply converting the person’s weight to cubic inches – a 200 pound man would require 200 cubic inches of space. I will over build the dimensions by about 10 percent for safety. Typically, urns are accessed through the bottom – and that is the case here, with 4 wood screws of moderate size.

For no extra charge, a crest decal is provided, with the appropriate details customized. The decal is sprayed over in several coats of shellac (as is the whole urn), for protection. For an extra fee, a laser engraving can be done – please ask me for details.

Materials: Maple, quilted maple, paduak, Thuya or Amboyna burl, ebony.

Dimensions: Approximately 6″ high x 10″ wide x 14″ long.

Finish: Clear shellac, finished with three coats of Briwax.


Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Liturgical


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