Greene & Greene Inspired Blanket Chest #1: Initial Design

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Blog entry by afnid posted 09-25-2010 11:27 PM 4378 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have been working on this for a couple of days and it isn’t done. I was thinking about building the nightstands from below, but since this is my first furniture piece, I would start with something a little more simple.

Use your imagination to round all the edges/cloud-lifts. I just started laying it out in sketchup from scratch and tried to do things from memory from what I had seen instead of working directly off of a picture/plan. Not to say that it is all that original, but more to explain away some of the proportions, like the bread-board ends. I have done a couple of drafts mixed between going back and looking at the nightstands and pictures to compare and incorporate design features.

Greene and Greene inspired from:
The nightstands project/blog:
Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop by Darrell Peart
Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture: 23 American Arts and Crafts Masterpieces by Robert W. Lang

The entire project will be constructed of cherry. I am using a veneered mdf for the panels, and will line the inside with a red cedar ply so you will never know. I used different wood textures in sketchup to help provide some contrast, I am hoping for a much more uniform look.

I would appreciate any thoughts or feedback on some of the proportions/elements.

Here is a copy of the sketchup file

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 05:38 PM

I think it looks phenomenal. If this is your idea of starting on an easy project, then I can’t wait to see what’s next. Have you thought about spacing the vertical stiles according to the Golden Mean? If it fits within the cloud lifts, then each side panel will be 1x and the middle panel will be 1.618x. Have you checked out Darrell Peart’s book? He shows how to make the jigs for the pillowed ebony plugs and the corner splines. Please keep us posted on your progress.

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#2 posted 10-26-2010 06:28 AM

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