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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #15: Crest Rails

12-29-2017 04:28 AM by TungOil | 8 comments »

The next component to be made is the crest rail. This part has a complex profile as well as a curved face and back, making it a bit more difficult to fabricate. I begin by laying out the part on all of the faces of my poplar setup piece. The order of operations is critical for this part to assure that everything comes out as accurate as possible. I begin by cutting the mortises. The two mortises in the ends of the piece are easily done using the Leigh FMT jig, as are the two cent...

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Large variety of exotic hardwoods and wood working tools. Free for my fellow LJocks

12-27-2017 05:46 AM by kiara583 | 20 comments »

Helped a friend move from large house with fully equipped woodworking shop to a smaller home. The overwhelming task of packing a 3500 sq ft house plus shop was difficult. Ran out of storage room so everything else was to be thrown out. Thought it would be a shame to throw it away so I spent a week hoping someone would appreciate this treasure. Will post more pictures. Turning tools, large dust collector, drill press, saws etcs. Could sell but would rather share. I only have time invested ...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #14: Back Leg Mortises and Back Seat Rail

12-23-2017 02:59 AM by TungOil | 10 comments »

Now that the back legs are routed to shape, I move on to cutting the mortises. I start with the back seat rail mortises. The back seat rail sits flush with the inside of the back leg, so it makes sense to cut both mortises using the same setup to assure the parts fit perfectly flush. I first lay out the mortise on the end of the back seat rail setup piece, which is made from poplar. The Leigh FMT jig only requires that the center of the mortise be marked with cross hairs, but as a doubl...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #13: CNC Templates and Begin Back Leg Fabrication

12-19-2017 03:52 AM by TungOil | 9 comments »

My routing templates arrived Friday from the millwork shop so I headed out to pick them up. A few of the corners were damaged in transport, so I unwrapped everything to take a closer look. After inspecting the templates closely I was relieved to find that the damaged corners were all in non critical areas. It’s a good thing I made my routing templates a bit long on the ends to have a little lead in. Time to get to work. For this project, I plan to fabricate the back assembl...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #12: Roughing It

12-12-2017 03:29 AM by TungOil | 9 comments »

The sapele has been in the shop for a week acclimating and my CNC cut templates will not be ready for a while, so I got busy roughing out parts. I started with the largest parts, the back legs. A leg blank 7 inches wide will allow me to cut both back legs for a chair from a single board, helping with grain and color match. Several of the boards were a bit over 14” wide, allowing me to get two pairs of legs from each cut length. To be sure I have spare material in case of an er...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #11: A Lumber Mill Run

12-04-2017 04:13 AM by TungOil | 5 comments »

The Sapele that I ordered arrived at Hearne Hardwoods earlier in the week. I need about 300 bf for this set of chairs. I can get all of the components for a single chair from one 8/4 board as long as it is at least 9” wide and 10’ long, so I need at least 12 boards. Ed at Hearne brought in 400 bf of wide 8/4 quarter sawn Sapele for me to select my boards from. The boards are all 16-18 foot lengths, and 10”+ wide. At 16 to 18 feet long these boards are too big fo...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #10: CAD Templates and Pattern Sanding Test

11-25-2017 03:59 AM by TungOil | 11 comments »

With the new bandsaw tuned up and cutting nicely I got to work designing the templates needed to make the chairs. I worked through the steps to make each part, designing pattern routing/sanding templates to aid each step. Each part has several templates to be used to route the shape, mortises, etc. I ended up with 46 templates overall, a lot more than I expected. I sent the files off to the local CNC shop for quoting. While waiting for my templates I decided to test out my patte...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #9: Pattern Sander Setup and Bandsaw Upgrade

11-11-2017 04:14 AM by TungOil | 6 comments »

With my pattern sanding technique proven and a length of UHMW-PE tubing delivered I got to work making a bushing for the spindle sander. I roughed out a 1” piece of tubing to start. There is just enough clearance between the sanding drum and the table insert to fit a bushing. I turned the bushing on the lathe to a nice press into the existing table insert. The bushing provide a 1/4” offset from the sanding drum which will make design of the patterns easier. ...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #8: Planning the Construction of 12 Chairs

10-30-2017 01:34 AM by TungOil | 14 comments »

Since returning from the Gamble House chair class at Marc Adams, I have been thinking through the construction process for a full set of 12 chairs. In the class, we performed many of the operations with hand tools which can be time consuming and lead to variation in the parts, especially across 12 chairs. We also used the Domino 500 for several of the joints, which I don’t own. One aspect of the project I have been pondering is cutting and cleaning up of the curves on the wide face...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #7: Marc Adams School, Day 6

10-15-2017 02:28 AM by TungOil | 6 comments »

Today was the last day of class. Bob Lang covered several points on installing the ebony plugs and bars in the center back slat. Bob also did a detailed demonstration on techniques for doing the Greene & Greene style round overs, which have some nuance beyond simply running a quarter round bit over the exposed edges. Often the protruding corners on G&G furniture have an extra amount of rounding, almost giving the piece a worn appearance. It is s subtle detail that could go unnot...

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