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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #28: Chair Assembly

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 02-26-2019 04:16 AM 1691 reads 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 27: Back Splat Splines Part 28 of Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair series Part 29: Corner Bracing and Slip Seats »

I do the chair glue up in several stages. First, I glue up the front legs and rail into one sub-assembly.

Since the outside edge of the front leg is angled to match the side rail, I use wedges on my clamping pads to apply even clamping pressure.

Next I glue up the back legs, rail, splats and crest rail into a second sub-assembly. There are twelve loose tenons to glue and seven parts to align. I have to work fast to get the back sub-assembly aligned and clamped up before the glue sets.

I set these aside to dry overnight. The next day I bring the sub-assemblies together with the side rails and lower stretcher assembly. To assure a good clamp up of the angled sides, I cut a complimentary angle in some scrap wood cauls and mark the centerlines for the clamps.

I leave the chair assembly clamped overnight to dry.

While the chair assembly is drying, I fabricate the ebony plugs. To make the plugs, I mount the square ebony stock in the lathe using a four jaw chuck. A few swipes with a smooth mill file pillows the end of the plug, followed by a quick sanding with a 400 grit sanding sponge. I cut the plug to length, then chamfer the inside corners on the belt sander.

After the chair is dry, I remove the clamps and insert the the ebony plugs and splines. I use a bamboo skewer to apply glue to the inside of the plug holes.

I set the depth of the plugs using a block of hard maple with a shallow dado.

The splines are installed in a similar way. A few dabs of glue hold the spline in place.

I set the splines flush to the face of the splat. Each spline has a pillowed face.

The chairs are glued up, ready for corner blocks and slip seats.

Projects this size remind me why a shop can never be too large.

Next steps: fabricate and install corner blocks and slip seats.

-- 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 02-26-2019 12:10 PM

Those chairs look great. Have you decided on upholstery?

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

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#2 posted 02-26-2019 01:19 PM

Your blogs offer so many learning opportunities for people like me. Thank you for the time you take to document each step! Patience is the big take away here… i need more patience!

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#3 posted 02-26-2019 02:12 PM

after doing a g&g hall table i know how much work that went into this project and my head hurts-lol.nice step by step tutorial tung.nice work on the plugs and splines those came out great.im exhausted just looking at this buddy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 02-26-2019 03:23 PM

I’ve been waiting for this! Nice job – first class all the way!!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 02-26-2019 07:52 PM

Judging from your photo I am surprised you could build anything let alone Green & Green style chairs, but you obviously aced it. Great work. I love that style of furniture. Unfortunately my wife doesn’t, so I can’t go there, but at least I can enjoy seeing the good ones like yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-27-2019 03:56 AM



Those chairs look great. Have you decided on upholstery?

- EarlS


Black leather

-- 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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#7 posted 02-27-2019 03:57 AM



Your blogs offer so many learning opportunities for people like me. Thank you for the time you take to document each step! Patience is the big take away here… i need more patience!

- edapp


Welcome!

-- 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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#8 posted 02-27-2019 03:57 AM



after doing a g&g hall table i know how much work that went into this project and my head hurts-lol.nice step by step tutorial tung.nice work on the plugs and splines those came out great.im exhausted just looking at this buddy.

- pottz


I’m exhausted too….

-- 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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#9 posted 02-27-2019 03:58 AM



I ve been waiting for this! Nice job – first class all the way!!

- sras


Thanks Steve!

-- 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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#10 posted 02-27-2019 04:01 AM



Judging from your photo I am surprised you could build anything let alone Green & Green style chairs, but you obviously aced it. Great work. I love that style of furniture. Unfortunately my wife doesn t, so I can t go there, but at least I can enjoy seeing the good ones like yours.

- stefang


Yeah the foam hands and lack of opposable thumbs makes it difficult at times. On the flip side, I never mar a finely sanded surface!

I didn’t give my wife any choice. If I did, we would have wound up with some boring milk painted country pine, or worse….

-- 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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#11 posted 02-27-2019 02:59 PM


Judging from your photo I am surprised you could build anything let alone Green & Green style chairs, but you obviously aced it. Great work. I love that style of furniture. Unfortunately my wife doesn t, so I can t go there, but at least I can enjoy seeing the good ones like yours.

- stefang

Yeah the foam hands and lack of opposable thumbs makes it difficult at times. On the flip side, I never mar a finely sanded surface!

I didn’t give my wife any choice. If I did, we would have wound up with some boring milk painted country pine, or worse….

- TungOil


i think she’s gotta agree what your doing beats that choice any day.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 02-27-2019 04:47 PM

Fabulous detail!

I’m still envious of you shaping the plugs on a lathe 8^)

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#13 posted 02-27-2019 06:26 PM

Beautiful work and well done!!!

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#14 posted 02-28-2019 02:12 AM


Judging from your photo I am surprised you could build anything let alone Green & Green style chairs, but you obviously aced it. Great work. I love that style of furniture. Unfortunately my wife doesn t, so I can t go there, but at least I can enjoy seeing the good ones like yours.

- stefang

Yeah the foam hands and lack of opposable thumbs makes it difficult at times. On the flip side, I never mar a finely sanded surface!

I didn’t give my wife any choice. If I did, we would have wound up with some boring milk painted country pine, or worse….

- TungOil

i think she s gotta agree what your doing beats that choice any day.

- pottz


Ha! You obviously have never met my wife

-- 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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#15 posted 02-28-2019 02:15 AM


Fabulous detail!

I m still envious of you shaping the plugs on a lathe 8^)

- splintergroup


It is a pretty fast way to make them.

-- 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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