Greene inspired Night Stand #9: Laying in the front top stretcher

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Blog entry by ChicoWoodnut posted 04-09-2008 01:50 AM 1693 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: Cloudlift panels Part 9 of Greene inspired Night Stand series Part 10: Laying in the bottom »

This is part nine in this series. If you havn’t already seen them, don’t forget to browse the other eight by clicking on the “Part” links above.

I was distracted in March with three birthdays (including my 50th) and a lot of other things that spring brings around. My family visited from the four corners of the earth and in keeping with the Chico tradition we had a big party. So there is a big blank space in this series but not to worry, there was nothing to miss!

So on Sunday I layed in the top stretchers with a dovetail. Here are a few photos of the series of events.

I didn’t get a picture but I started by cutting inside the lines with my sweet little back saw. Then I chopped out the waste with my new AI chisels.

I chopped and pared and chopped and pared. . .

I missed the photo where I cut the dovetail on the stretcher but here is the finished result.

The camera makes this stretcher look like it is a way different color. It is different but not that bad. I will have some color matching to do when I finish the piece. I will likely use an aniline dye.

I hope this wets your appetite Robb! I will start getting busy again.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#1 posted 04-09-2008 02:52 AM

looks good .. i am impressed….
I’ve started on the Gamble entry table , scaled down for my class project this quarter
I’ll send pict as I progress.. Using Lyptus instead of Mahog…..
I’s a look alike but much cheaper and sustainably farmed as I understand.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 04-09-2008 02:53 AM

I had a 50th this month also.

Good looking dovetail!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-09-2008 06:17 AM

1958 must’v been a good year ;)

-- Scott - Chico California

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#5 posted 04-09-2008 07:26 AM

Good way to get back at it! Looks like the new chisels are getting a bit of a workout!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 04-09-2008 08:12 AM

I thought I was getting into trouble with that e-mail, but it was worth it to see that dovetail! The file cabinet I’m working on should have that same feature, but dosen’t. I’ll take pictures tomorrow and start a blog.


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#7 posted 04-09-2008 03:35 PM

Just found your series so have to go backwards and catch up – I didn’t discover G&G until I was 65 so I envy the extra 15 years you’ve got to make a variety of G&G inspired pieces. BTW have you seen Darrel Peart’s new shop? Have a look at You will also see some detail photos of his work. Enjoy your G&G journey


-- Phil in British Columbia

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#8 posted 04-09-2008 04:07 PM

Scott -I’ve now caught up and enjoyed the entire series very much, particularly how you made your cloud lift templates. I was also interested in your decision regarding the panel slot in the rails following the cloud lift rather than making a straight thru slot. In my posted projects both the entry door and the ceiling light fixture have straight thru slots and there has been no problem with wood movement. I just couldn’t imagine the cost of having the glass made to follow the cloud lift in the door rails so took the easy way out but it worked.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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