Greene & Greene Mailbox #1: Design Feedback

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Blog entry by JamesVavra posted 05-01-2012 01:56 PM 3438 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m looking for design feedback on this mock up of my new G&G mailbox. The back and bottom panel are not shown, and please ignore the dimension lines – I threw this together pretty quickly, just to help figure out the joinery. The center of the front panel will have something special in it, but I’m going to hold off on showing that until I’m done (also, it’s nearly impossible to model in sketchup).

Specifically, what are your thoughts on the current spline locations? I feel like they are missing on the upper joints of the front panel, but if I put them in those locations I would not be able to make them proud on the top edge, as they’d interfere with the lid closing. I feel like if I can’t make them proud on both edges, I should leave them off. The back/side joints could use them as well, but I’m not sure if that makes it too busy. Maybe just the bottom two back/side joints?

This will be made from curly maple with ebony accents. I will probably either dye the maple a bit, or use a darker shellac to pop the grain – I’d like it to be about as dark as shown in the mock up.

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 03:26 PM


Sometimes “Less is More”.

Good lookin’ mock up. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 03:38 PM

Looks like it should be hanging in front of the Gamble House in Pasedena!
Great job don’t change a thing. The splines are accents. If they were everywhere, that would change.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Jon Spelbring

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#3 posted 05-01-2012 03:59 PM

I like it! I’m a big fan of G&G. If I were designing it, the only change I would make would be to have the base, and outside front of the lid cloud lifts, and leave the front 2 side pieces square. Good luck, and don’t forget to post progress/finish pics!

-- To do is to be

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#4 posted 05-01-2012 04:17 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. In a piece this small, I agree that the “accents” could quickly overwhelm. My only thought on adding splines to the bottom of the side/back joint is that it might balance the front a little better (also, I have 6 small pieces of ebony for splines already cut).

@Jon – so you’re saying that the bottom of the front panel should have a cloud lift (on the outside edge) as well as the front edge of the lid? I think I like switching the cloud lifts to the horizontal members of the front panel (both opening to the inside, which I recognize is upside down for the bottom horizontal member). I think it would not fit quite right in the lid.

Keep ‘em coming everyone.


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#5 posted 05-01-2012 05:48 PM

I think it looks great. Cant wait to see the finished project.

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#6 posted 05-01-2012 07:20 PM

Very Nice!

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#7 posted 05-02-2012 10:48 AM

James- great concept…in the less is more category, I would drop the splines on the vertical surface and just have them on the top…..but, I might add small pegs to the breadboard ends on the top…..Rusty

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 01:04 AM

And she’s done. I ended up doing more splines than planned, as I screwed up which side of the front stiles when I was cutting mortices. Still, I’m happy with how it turned out.

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