My 1st Attempt at Greene and Greene Style Furniture #10: No more Plugs!

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Blog entry by Don posted 01-17-2011 01:31 AM 4606 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve got all the holes and plugs cut and if I never have to cut another Greene and Greene style plug again I’ll be very happy… Just kidding, I love the way these look and I will be doing more projects in this style. It is really nice to be able relax and listen to music while I work instead of machinery for a change but they do get really tedious after a while. Next time I’m going to make a few everytime I’m in the shop instead of waiting until the end and having to do all of them at once. I still need to insert all the plugs so I don’t have any photos to show that will look any different than previous shots but I know how well a blog without photos goes over on LJs so I gotta post something. :)

I was having a little trouble cutting the plugs off after pillowing them so I came up with this nifty little jig. At first I thought I was a genius but then I remembered the old crosscut box my Dad used when I was a kid. This is really the same thing only smaller. Now I feel kind of stupid for not thinking of it sooner…

And for final sanding I made use of a sanding ball that I got from Harbour freight a couple of years ago and forgot about. It’s great for sanding odd shaped curves and it did the job of a few grits of normal paper real easily. This is the “Fine” grit and I also have a medium and a coarse.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 01:43 AM

When I get time I really need to go through the entire series of your blog. And it is a good thing you sent a few pictures a long or I would have had to FLAG you, whatever that does. Can’t wait to see the finished project I do like the Greene on Greene Style.

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 02:32 AM

that´s how it works
the more you learn the more you forget …..LOL

thank´s for the update … go and snif a little glue to clear the brain with ….LOL

looking forward to the next installment


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#3 posted 01-17-2011 08:33 AM

I really like the looks of those ebony plugs. But after hearing about all of the work I am thinking the FastCap Artisan Accents may be worth a try when I take a try at Green & Green!

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#4 posted 01-18-2011 01:25 AM

I work in a shop where we do alot of G&G with 1/4” square ziricote pegs, so we have to be kinda fast. We drill a shallow hole with hollow chisel mortiser, drill thru the joint with 1/4 bit and glue in a dowel below surface to lock the joint in place. We make up 1/4×1/4 peg stock to fit square hole, however long you want, chamfer the end abit on edge sander and cut the chamfered end on a crosscut jig running in the miter slot in bandsaw to make about a 1/4” long peg. Glue in hole, pound in peg, leaving it proud. Take laminate router with a base that has a large opening and straight bit set 1/16” or so above the router base and trim the peg to a uniform 1/16”. Get a 3/4 chisel reallly sharp and with the bevel side face down on work nibble away at the corners of the peg to pillow, leveraging ever so gently on the surrounding wood( to prevent denting it(you can also tape off the surrounding to protect it a bit)). It’s amazing how burnished the peg will get with a sharp chisel but we usually hit it with the edge of a random orbital using 320, or you can do it by hand. Follow with 0000. Hope you find this helpful.

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 07:41 AM

Thanks for the tip. I admit those FastCaps are really tempting but I can tell the difference between a hand cut Ebony plug and a metal cap. I would never be happy with the metal cap and the plugs to get a lot easier and faster to cut with practice.

I was thinking about trying a technique like that. It is how I did the plugs and splines on the breadboards so I’ll probobly give it a shot with the other plugs on my next project. Thanks for the advice.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#6 posted 01-25-2011 04:43 AM

I just cut them off at the miter saw and spend a few minutes trying to find them (after making sure I still have all nine fingers, of course). It’ really fun…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 01-25-2011 04:51 AM

Yea I tried that on my chopsaw and on my table saw. If I swept my shop a little more often then it might have worked a little better. :)

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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