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Blog series by TungOil updated 09-03-2019 03:47 AM 4 parts 2612 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Design work and upskilling

07-13-2019 03:25 AM by TungOil | 2 comments »

Now that my Thorsen inspired dining table and Gamble House inspired chairs are completed, it’s time to tackle the Thorsen sideboard. Those that have visited the Huntington Library’s Greene & Greene exhibit will probably be familiar with this magnificent piece. To my eye, the proportions of the original sideboard are perfect, I don’t see any need to modify the design. A search of the Greene & Greene archives at the USC Digital Library turned up the drawings for the Thorsen Ho...

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Part 2: Bolection inlay class

08-22-2019 02:07 AM by TungOil | 7 comments »

The bolection inlay class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking was well worth the 10 hour drive. Reid Eric Anderson taught the class over a weekend. The class project was a small portion of the inlay from the Thorsen House sideboard. Reid uses a combination of CNC and laser cutting to create the recesses and pieces for the inlay. He developed a clever method that uses a secondary working panel (shown on the left below) with slightly oversized recesses to allow carving of the inlay pieces....

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Part 3: Sideboard Design

08-27-2019 01:39 AM by TungOil | 3 comments »

For the design work on this sideboard, I start by purchasing a copy of the original Greene & Greene drawing for the Thorsen House Furniture from the digital archives at USC. There are no dimensions, but having visited the Huntington Library last year I have the overall size of the piece which allows me to scale the drawing and get very close. Combined with the photos I took of the original, I am able to draw up the sideboard in CAD to the point of being able to create the drawings neede...

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Part 4: Material Prep

09-03-2019 03:47 AM by TungOil | 4 comments »

With my design work essentially complete, it’s time to start rough cutting the Sapele for the solid wood parts. I start with the lower stretchers. Using the pattern routing templates, I lay out the parts to align the grain on some 8/4 stock. After rough cutting the overall shape on the bandsaw, I joint one face and one edge of the boards, then plane to clean up the other side. Then, it’s back to the bandsaw to resaw the parts, followed by another trip to the planer for a final clea...

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