Greene inspired Night Stand #1: Time to start the execution phase

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 12-24-2007 07:31 PM 2976 reads 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I think I am finally done with the design of this piece. I made a change last night which is actually a regression to an earlier model. I like this change. I have reversed the rails and stiles on the door construction making the stiles be the horizontal member. I read an entry on this site the other day regarding this technique. Sorry I can’t remember who to credit it to. Anyway, Here are two jpeg exports to compare. I think the new arrangement gives the table a low and wide look which is more appropriate for a G&G peice.
Here are the exports to compare.

Traditional Stile and Rail arrangement

Reversed Stile and Rail arrangement

It looks kinda busy around the joinery areas but that is just a Sketchup artifact. The lines where things come together will be much less pronounced once executed in wood.

So later this week I will be going over to the lumber store to buy a pile of Mahogany and hopefully get started after about a week of letting it sit stickered.

Merry Christmas!

-- Scott - Chico California

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#1 posted 12-24-2007 10:29 PM

Great design. I agree the second one looks shorter. It’s interesting on how a subtle change makes that difference.

Take lots of construction photos.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 01-11-2008 05:41 AM

I got over to the lumber store to look at some mahogany last Thursday. Friday we had the storm of the century here in Northern California. Knocked down my lemon tree and a good chunk of fence in the back yard so I got diverted from this project cleaning up stuff. I did get some time to make a rendering of how to use the boards I am going to get tomorrow. I took the components of my sketchup model and layed them out on some 10” x 8’ boards. Doing this, I got to think out the way the grain will be.

Here is the full sized jpeg

Looks like I will need about 30 bd ft to do two of these. The 8/4 Mahogany for the legs is kinda pricey since it comes in 12’ lengths. I am trying to see if I can get them to sell me half of one, otherwise, I think I will use it eventually.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#3 posted 01-11-2008 11:31 AM

Ambitious project. Looking forward to progress photos.

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#4 posted 01-11-2008 06:52 PM

EDIT: went to your web page, you’re all over it! Good stuff! Keep us updated on progress.

This is really nice and I’d love to get your SU file. Just offering a design thought…

It appears that your leg design is using the “quirk” detail from the Thorsen table, is that correct? I did that also on the table, but then read Pearts book that shows how to make the Blacker house leg. I don’t have a finished pic from the desk I just finished, but the leg looks like this at the bottom:
Blacker house leg (in progress)
The jig for making this is really simple:
Jig for making the blacker house leg

Having done both, I find I like the Blacker style better, as it is more obvious from across the room – there is clearly a detail there to attract your eye, but it doesn’t detract from the overall design. On my Thorsen table, the leg quirk is difficult to distinguish from across the room.

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#5 posted 01-12-2008 04:16 AM

Thanks for the input Robb,

I have darrells book (signed by darrell). I am assuming that by your EDIT you mean you got the SU file. If not, just let me know cuz I’m happy to share. There are a lot of files in that directory. Older models, a cutlist and such. I am also playing with the overhang of the table top (again). There are 15 revisions. This one shortens the overhang.

Short Overhang

Not sure if I like it “better” yet. It looks kinda butch.

BTW, I have been toying with the blacker leg. Thanks for the input. That’s what makes a forum a forum!


-- Scott - Chico California

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#6 posted 04-29-2008 06:33 PM

I wish you good luck. I see that your project is well to think J am in a hurry to see it .bon courage afflicted for my English J tests to translate with Babel fish

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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