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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #19: Preparing Apron Stock, a Router Template and Crest Rail Shaping

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 04-02-2018 03:10 AM 1675 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 18: Side Slats Part 19 of Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair series Part 20: Side Rails and Front Legs-Part 1 »

With the side slats cut and fit for all the chairs, I turn my attention to preparing the stock for the side and front aprons. I had rough cut the material for these parts a while ago, but had not gotten to resawing it yet. After flattening one face and squaring an edge on the jointer, I set up the resaw blade on the bandsaw and split the boards into two pieces 15/16”thick. I’ll let this stock sit for a few days before I take it to the planer for final dimensioning.

Next I put together a quick template to route the shallow slots for the ebony bars that are inset into the center slat.

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.

The subtle curves and shaping done on these pieces is amazing and could be easily overlooked.

I realized that my stylized version of the chair would benefit greatly from some extra shaping and rounding, so I began working on my poplar setup pieces to see what i could come up with. The leg tops were straightforward. I shaped them with some rasps and finalized them with some sandpaper.

For the crest rail, I first thinned and tapered the top half of the piece, then rounded the corners with a rasp. I finished up with some sandpaper.

These pieces still need some additional shaping work, but they are already looking much better.

Next steps- shape the crest rails and the tops of the legs and cut the side rails for the seat.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"



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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 04-02-2018 03:28 AM

Huntington gardens is a great place for inspiration. I really enjoyed the Greene and Greene exhibit there.

Good work on the chairs.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 04-02-2018 03:48 AM

The Huntington gardens was great as was the Gamble House tour. I killed a whole day just at those two stops!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#3 posted 04-02-2018 11:57 AM

A couple of days back I posted a picture of a G&G chair that is in the Chicago Art Institute in the 2018 Box forum. The version you posted looks to be slightly different. The shaping really does change the look with all of the edges rounded over rather than just taking the edge off. Keeping the shaping consistent looks like it will be a challenge and rather time consuming as well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 04-02-2018 05:25 PM

Hah – I lied. I didn’t post the chair pictures. They were a G&G table and a Harvey Ellis chair. I’ll have to find the picture of the G&G chair and post it for comparison.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 04-02-2018 05:45 PM

Great, please post it for comparison. Thanks Earl. The shaping will definitely be time consuming, but I’m hoping that I’ll get faster with each successive part…..

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#6 posted 04-04-2018 12:54 AM

Tung – here are the G&G chair pictures. Looks like they were from a different set altogether.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 04-04-2018 01:17 AM

Yep, that’s a chair from the Blacker House. They are beautiful chairs!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#8 posted 04-04-2018 04:13 PM

The shaping looks like it’s coming along nicely!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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