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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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Mission-style mahogany desk #1: A view of the legs and progress on the desktop

11-17-2017 07:56 PM by Woodbutchery | 0 comments »

I talked about this project in my recent blog, and thought I’d give a shot at actually trying to blog a build; something that I’m not strong at because I don’t always think to take pictures of things while I’m doing the work, and the pictures REALLY help visualize whatever’s gong on in the shop. As always, comments, suggestions, or witty reparte’ are always welcome. Below is a snapshot of my ongoing sketchup-work-in-progress plans for the mission-style d...

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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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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #6: Marc Adams School, Day 5

10-14-2017 12:21 AM by TungOil | 7 comments »

Today I finished up the center back slat by cutting the mortises for the dominos. Most of the mortises could be cut with the Domino machine, but the two mortises on the underside of the crest rail had to be cut by hand since the domino machine would not fit inside the opening. To cut these mortises I first drilled out the majority of the waste on the drill press then cleaned up the mortise with a chisel. With the mortises cut I tested the fit of the center back slat. It took quite ...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #5: Marc Adams School, Day 4

10-13-2017 01:14 AM by TungOil | 5 comments »

Today I finished up the second tenon for the lower stretcher, then cut mortises with the Domino 500. This was my first time using the Domino. Once set up it’s a fool-proof method for cutting the mortises. I did another quick dry assembly to be sure the lower stretcher parts fit together nicely. With the lower stretcher out of the way, I start working on the curved back slats. The back slats will be assembled with dominos, have angled ends where they meet the apron and ...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #4: Marc Adams School, Day 3

10-12-2017 12:53 AM by TungOil | 7 comments »

After cleaning up the parts with the ROS, I dry fit the back assembly to see how everything fit. With that much of the chair dry fit, we moved on to fabricating the angled side aprons. The first step is to lay out the mortises on the back and front legs. The front legs have an angled face that has not been cut yet, so the front face cant be used to locate the mortise. I must locate the mortise from the inside edge of the leg. To do this, I work out the location by laying out the ...

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Greene & Greene Gamble House Side Chair #3: Marc Adams School, Day 2

10-11-2017 01:41 AM by TungOil | 5 comments »

Today we continued to work on the components for the back leg assembly. After tracing the outline of the components on the sapele using the templates, I roughed out the parts on the bandsaw. There is a significant amount of bandsaw work just in the parts for the back assembly alone. The crest rail is the most time consuming part to make. The mortises for the floating tenons were made first using the multi-router, while the part was still square. Next, I affixed the template to the ...

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