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My 1st Attempt at Greene and Greene Style Furniture

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Blog series by Don updated 02-14-2011 06:14 AM 15 parts 69989 reads 95 comments total

Part 1: The Beginning - With help from Darrell Peart

11-07-2010 09:35 PM by Don | 8 comments »

I’ve been an admirer of Greene and Greene style of furniture for a long time. I love the soft edges and exposed joinery and I think Greene and Greene were masters at proportions which is where I feel I am the weakest when it comes to design. I’ve been wanting to take my woodworking up a notch and try something a little more challenging than the stuff I’ve been doing and improve my design skills so I’d been looking for an appropriate project. When I read Darrell Peart’s articles in Woodworking...

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Part 2: First Screw Up

11-15-2010 05:35 AM by Don | 6 comments »

This week I got all the mortises cut into the legs without any problems. My new Grizzly mortisor is working really nice. I got all the parts except for the tops cut to size and the tenons cut. I thought everything was going great until I realized that I cut the tenons wrong on all of the rails. I won’t repeat the language I used in the shop unless someone asks :). I fixed them by glueing little pieces onto every tenon. I’m glad I got the first screw up out of the way...

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Part 3: Back on Track

11-22-2010 04:55 AM by Don | 2 comments »

Well I’m back on track after last weeks screw up with the tenons. I’ve got them all fixed and fitting properly now. I’m relearning a lot more than I expected with the mortise and tenons. I’ve done them before but it’s been about 20 years and I forgot a lot more than I realized. I finished cutting the cloud lifts on the legs and got all the parts for the base to a point where I was able to start dry fitting them. Now I mostly just have a lot of sanding and I...

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Part 4: First glue-up

12-02-2010 05:56 AM by Don | 2 comments »

Getting all the mortise and tenons to fit good is taking a bit longer than I thought it might. I have to admit that I’m actually enjoying the hand labor though. Being able to hear music while I’m working is a nice change from the usual noise of machines. The joints are not quite as good as I’d like so I’m using Gorrilla glue which is space filling and will help make up for the sloppy joints. Anyways, here’s the first side glued up. Hopefully tommorrow I’ll ...

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Part 5: Rolling along

12-19-2010 08:54 AM by Don | 7 comments »

I didn’t make as much progress as I’d hoped a couple of weeks ago when I posted my last blog but I just started a 2 week break for the holidays and am planning to spend most of it in my shop. With any luck I’ll get these finished before I go back to work. I hate typing and I do a lot of typing at work so I’m mostly going to let the pictures do the talking: I’ve got both both frames glued up, here’s one: One top glued up and ready to cut to size...

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Part 6: All cleaned up.

12-22-2010 08:38 AM by Don | 6 comments »

The gorilla glue squeeze out was much easier to clean up that I expected but I could still kick myself for not applying masking tape before I saw the drips starting. It would have saved me a couple hours of work. I’m really enjoying my time off from work and being able to spend my days in my shop instead of my office and I’m making some great progress. In the last few days I’ve accomplished the following: 1. Frames fully trimed and cleaned up. I just need to do the ebo...

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Part 7: Working on the tops

12-27-2010 06:52 AM by Don | 2 comments »

I almost titled this “Screw Up #2” since I had a little mishap when cutting the spline slots on the first top I made. I had my router set up in a table and cut the slots in all of the breadboard ends. Then I pulled the whole router with plate out of the table, flipped it over, and cut the slots on my top. Then I discovered that the router had somehow moved a strong 1/32” and the slots were noticably off center. I let out a pretty good string of 4 letter words but then realiz...

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Part 8: Plugs and Splines

01-02-2011 06:16 AM by Don | 9 comments »

Had I realized there are a total of 40 decorative plugs and splines required for each table I might have chosen some other project. This is going to get real tedious by the time I’m done but I think it will be worth it… The bread board spline is pretty straight forward. Here’s a trial spline I made with hickory and a black sharpie for practice: For the plugs on the legs I made a few jigs to help mark the cuts. If I just layed them out with pencil I’m sure I w...

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Part 9: Not going to make it...

01-10-2011 05:33 AM by Don | 15 comments »

I really hoped that I would finish these up by the time my holiday vacation ended but since that was a week ago and I still have a lot of plugs to do I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen. :) They’re going well, just slow, and there is a lot of them. I’m about 3/4 done cutting the holes in the tables but still need to cut and install the plugs. I did manage to finish the splines in the tops completely and even got the first coat of finish on them: ...

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Part 10: No more Plugs!

01-17-2011 01:31 AM by Don | 7 comments »

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...

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Part 11: Almost there...

01-24-2011 06:00 AM by Don | 6 comments »

All that’s left is drawer pulls, the bottom shelfs, and a few more coats of finish. I decicded to stick with a natural finish and I’m glad I did but the tops came out way lighter than the rest of it. I will probobly put some dye on it to help it blend better. Here’s one of the tables with the first coat of finish:

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Part 12: Working on the Finish

01-31-2011 05:48 AM by Don | 9 comments »

The more I looked at the tops the less I liked how much lighter they were than the rest of the tables. I decided to go ahead and dye the tops according to the instructions. I’m really glad I did, the tops are blending much better and I’m really liking the way dye looks compared to stains. I may even dye the rest of the table to get it all to blend together better. I normally love the varience of colors in wood when it’s finished naturally but in this case I think it distract...

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Part 13: Hickory Pulls

02-06-2011 06:15 AM by Don | 2 comments »

Yea, I know these are supposed to be made out of Ebony but I don’t cut anything out of ebony until I’ve practiced it a bunch with Hickory. It took a number of tries to get the drill press setup just right but this was otherwise pretty easy to make. Tommorrow I’ll attempt to make the real ones and if all goes well then my next blog will be titled “Ebony Pulls”, if not it will be titled “Screwup #2”...

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Part 14: Ebony Pulls

02-07-2011 04:03 AM by Don | 6 comments »

Ebony pulls are done and mounted. I even got the first coat of finish on them. I almost had to call this blog entry “Scewup #2”. I drilled the holes for the screws to mount the pulls about 1/8” off center. It wasn’t enough to allow the screw to pop through but it was close enough breath a sigh of relief when I noticed it. Here’s one of the pulls installed on a drawer and still a little wet from the wipe on poly: And the jig I used to drill the holes: ...

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Part 15: Lagavulin

02-14-2011 06:14 AM by Don | 8 comments »

I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the completion of a project like this than my favorite 16 year old single malt… Except for maybe my favorite Anejo: Things I learned:- Green and Greene were some amazing designers. I already knew this but I have a much better understanding now.- So is Darrell Peart.- The Hall brothers deserve far more recognition than they get. If you don’t know who the Hall brothers are then read Darrells book.- Measure 3 times, cut once. Twic...

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