Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #20: Side Rails and Front Legs-Part 1

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 04-19-2018 02:28 AM 3535 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Rather than dive into all of the hand work to shape the crest rails now, I decide to finish up cutting the side rails. I rough cut my side rail stock a few weeks ago. Now that it has had time to acclimate to the shop, I resaw the 8/4 stock then edge joint and plane everything to 13/16” thick. Since the length of the lower side stretchers is the same as the side rails, I prepare stock for those parts so I can miter and cut them all to length with a single setup of the saw. With the ends mitered, I mortise both ends with the Leigh FMT.

Once the mortises are complete on the side rails and lower stretchers, I transfer the locations to the back legs and set up the Leigh FMT to cut the mortises.

After cutting all of the leg mortises for the side rails, I do a quick dry fit to check that everything looks good.

Since the Leigh FMT is set up to cut the leg mortises, I go ahead and cut the mortises in the front legs at this time. It’s critical to keep the left and right legs marked to prevent mixing them up. Since the mortise is slightly offset from center, they are not interchangeable.

Once the front leg mortises are cut, I do another dry fit to check progress and alignment.

Starting to look like a chair now!

Next steps: Cut parts and mortise for the front seat rail and lower stretcher parts, then pattern route the cloud lifts in those parts.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#1 posted 04-19-2018 03:27 AM

Nice progress! The last photo shows how far you’ve gotten – keep up the excellent work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 04-19-2018 03:42 AM

Great work, Tung. Those are going to be beautiful. Thanks for sharing your progress.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 04-19-2018 10:55 AM

Looks good. I see you have some test inserts on the back of the chair on the right. Just that little detail makes such a difference compared to the chair in the foreground without them. The lower side stretcher cloud lift details look great too. There are so many small details on G&G that make the style so unique. They just take a long time to complete correctly.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 04-20-2018 01:49 AM

Wow, they are very nice…GREAT Job!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 04-23-2018 05:57 PM

Everything so crisp and clean!

-- Pete

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