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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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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #24: Plug Locations and Square Holes- Part 2

06-06-2018 01:54 AM by TungOil | 7 comments »

With my plug locations established, I move on to drilling the holes and cutting the square plug holes. I set up stops on the drill press and drill the clearance holes in the front legs, back legs and crest rails. There are 27 square plugs on each of the 15 chairs, for a total of 405 square plugs. After all of the clearance holes are drilled, I cut the square plug holes using the Lee Valley square hole punches. I align the punch with the hole using a long dowel pin, then square th...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #23: Rounding Parts and Establishing Plug Locations- Part 1

05-24-2018 01:37 AM by TungOil | 2 comments »

With the lower stretchers rough cut and the cloud lifts formed, I move on to some of the detail work. First, I round over the edges of the lower stretcher parts with a 1/8” round over bit in the router table. With the rounding complete, I compare 3/16” and 1/4” square ebony plugs for size on the lower stretcher. The 3/16” plug looks better to my eye so I cut 3/16” square holes in all of the stretcher parts using the Lee Valley square punch. Except f...

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

05-17-2018 02:40 AM by TungOil | 2 comments »

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 teno...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #21: Side Rails and Front Legs-Part 2

05-01-2018 01:37 AM by TungOil | 5 comments »

With the side rail mortises complete, I move on to cutting the front rails and mortises. The Leigh FMT makes quick work of the remaining mortises. Next I trace the cloud lifts onto the side and front rails, rough cut the parts on the bandsaw and clean them up with a spiral pattern router bit. The side rails are matching pairs resawn from 8/4 stock, so I keep them together as I work. A quick test fit shows everything fits together nicely. Next steps: Complete the lower stre...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #20: Side Rails and Front Legs-Part 1

04-19-2018 02:28 AM by TungOil | 5 comments »

Rather than dive into all of the hand work to shape the crest rails now, I decide to finish up cutting the side rails. I rough cut my side rail stock a few weeks ago. Now that it has had time to acclimate to the shop, I resaw the 8/4 stock then edge joint and plane everything to 13/16” thick. Since the length of the lower side stretchers is the same as the side rails, I prepare stock for those parts so I can miter and cut them all to length with a single setup of the saw. With the e...

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

04-02-2018 03:10 AM by TungOil | 8 comments »

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 togeth...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #18: Side Slats

03-20-2018 02:14 AM by TungOil | 5 comments »

With the center slats completed I move to the side slats, arguably one of the most difficult parts of the project. With the center slat already cut, the side slats must be cut very precisely or there will be a gap in the finished assembly somewhere. In addition, both ends of the side slats have a compound miter and must have a mortise precisely placed. Bob Lang’s approach to this in his chair making class was to use a MDF story stick to sneak up on the exact angles and lengths, which wor...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #17: Center Back Slat- Part 2

03-06-2018 03:25 AM by TungOil | 10 comments »

With all of the stock cut to length, I’m ready to move to the next step, cutting the mortises and curves. I lay out the center marks for the mortises needed by the Leigh FMT on the ends of one piece. Since the ends of the slats are angled slightly, I adjust the Leigh FMT to hold the parts at the appropriate angle. Once the Leigh FMT is set up correctly for the first piece, the rest of the parts are run without any layout work which is a real time saver when making multiple part...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #16: Center Back Slat- Part 1

01-29-2018 02:24 AM by TungOil | 16 comments »

After finishing up the crest rails, I move on to the center back slats. I begin by making up the loose tenon stock I will need. After cutting the stock to width, I fine tune the thickness with the drum sander and add the rounded edges with a bullnose bit in the router table. I start by making a test center slat from poplar. I cut the angled ends and mortises while the stock still has straight edges. To determine the angles for the end cuts, I use a MDF story stick. By cutting the an...

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