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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #22: Lower Stretchers

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Blog entry by TungOil posted 05-17-2018 02:40 AM 445 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 21: Side Rails and Front Legs-Part 2 Part 22 of Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair series Part 23: Rounding Parts and Establishing Plug Locations- Part 1 »

I start by cutting the mortises in the legs for the lower side stretchers. I then cut the mitered ends on the side stretchers and fit the length.

With the side stretchers fit I move on to cutting the mortises for the center stretcher. The center stretcher has a through tenon on each end. I set up the Leigh FMT to cut the mortises in the side stretchers, then square up the ends with a chisel.

I miter the ends of the center stretcher with the miter saw, then cut the square tenons on the Leigh FMT. I cut a few extra parts to cover any potential mistakes.

After a little fine tuning with a float, the tenons and mortises fit together snuggly.

Next I layout the cloud lift, rough cut to shape on the bandsaw and pattern route the final shape with a spiral carbide bit.

Next steps: fabricate and fit the ebony bars and square plugs, break and shape the sharp edges then finish sand for assembly.

-- 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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EarlS

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#1 posted 05-17-2018 01:59 PM

There are so many subtle details and tricky joinery in the G&G chairs. No wonder they never really were able to mass produce furniture like Stickley did.

You should have those plugs and bars knocked out in no time. Do you have all of the mortises cut for the plugs and bars?

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

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#2 posted 05-17-2018 03:13 PM



There are so many subtle details and tricky joinery in the G&G chairs. No wonder they never really were able to mass produce furniture like Stickley did.

You should have those plugs and bars knocked out in no time. Do you have all of the mortises cut for the plugs and bars?

- EarlS


I think the Greene’s were working for a very limited, wealthy client base as well, I read somewhere that the cost of the furniture in their homes was higher than the cost of an average house in the day. That will limit your pool of clients quickly!

I have not started any of the mortises for the plugs and bars yet, but they should go quickly. I have a lot of ebony plug stock left over from the table but not sure if it’s the right size or if I have enough so I’ll probably need to make more of that as well.

-- 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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