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Greene & Greene Thorsen Sideboard #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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Greene & Greene Thorsen Sideboard #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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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #31: Final Wrap Up

04-21-2019 02:44 AM by TungOil | 4 comments »

Here are the project totals, for those that are interested. Board feet of Sapele used: 3154’ x 8’ sheets of 3/4” baltic birch plywood: 2Number of chair parts fabricated: 285Number of mortises: 720Number of floating tenons: 360Number of square ebony plugs: 405Number of ebony splines: 120Quarts of finish used: 10Hours to complete: 596 What worked well? I spent about 40 hours drawing templates in AutoCAD to be cut by CNC at the start of the project. I made som...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #30: Stain and Finish

04-20-2019 01:10 PM by TungOil | 9 comments »

With the slip seats out at the upholsterer, I focus on staining and finishing the chairs. First I set up my temporary spray booth, which consists of heavy plastic sheeting held up with zip wall poles. I cover the floor with kraft paper and mount a fan in the window to extract the overspray. I use a similar finish schedule on these chairs that I used for the dining table in my previous blog. First, two applications of General Finishes water borne dye stain are sprayed on. I quickly wi...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #29: Corner Bracing and Slip Seats

03-28-2019 12:17 AM by TungOil | 4 comments »

With the chair assembled , the next step is to fabricate and install the corner braces and slip seats. To get the miter angles accurate for the corner blocks, I use a Bora MiteriX angle duplicator. After measuring the angle, one side of the tool is removed to set the miter saw. The resulting angles make for a perfect fit. I add some glue and screw the blocks in place set so the top of the slip seat is flush with the top of the chair side rails. The slip seats are cut f...

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

02-26-2019 04:16 AM by TungOil | 23 comments »

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 gl...

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Big Texas Walnut Slabs #2: Big and Wide Texas Walnut Slab Check Them Out

01-16-2019 01:17 PM by Jeff_harden | 15 comments »

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #27: Back Splat Splines

12-22-2018 02:55 PM by TungOil | 4 comments »

With all of the hand shaping and sanding of the chair parts out of the way, the next step is to fabricate the ebony splines and cut the recessed grooves in the back splats to accept the splines. I start by making a jig to cut the ebony splines. The jig holds a length of ebony securely, allowing me to shape the rounded face of the spline on the router table. I round over the face on several pieces of ebony, then slice off the spline stock to the correct thickness on the bandsaw and repe...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #26: Shaping and Sanding

12-02-2018 04:17 AM by TungOil | 12 comments »

It’s been a while since I posted an update on this project, largely because I spent most of the summer shaping and sanding. Pretty boring stuff but I thought I’d post a few progress pictures anyhow. The top of the rear legs on the original chairs is quite heavily rounded. To approximate this look, I lay out the shape on the leg with a white pencil. I mark the centerline of the leg as well as the curve on both sides so I have a reference line to work to. The round over is shaped wit...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #25: Crest Rail Final Shaping

07-11-2018 12:30 AM by TungOil | 18 comments »

In February I was in Pasadena and took the opportunity to visit the Huntington Library Museum, which houses many Greene & Greene pieces. The museum holds one of the living room chairs from the Gamble House and that gave me a good opportunity to study an original up close. The crest rail is beautifully shaped with a lot of rounding and shaping evident. Here is a close up of the crest rail on the original. It will not be possible to create the dramatically swept back profile seen ab...

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