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Project by stanley2 posted 1940 days ago 2378 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve become interested in the design elements of Greene & Greene of California fame. I made three memory boxes for some of the grandchildren each applying different elements for practice. The first is spalted apple and uses the proud pillowed finger joint. The second is maple with the top and bottom being breadboard ends with walnut pegs and splines. The third is walnut with the front including a cloud lift that I extended into the top. It also includes my first attempt at inlay, which is nothing like G&G’s wonderful inlays. Hopefully with the obvious differnces between boxes and each child’s initial carved on front (my first letter carving) there won’t be any fighting over whose is whose.

-- Phil in British Columbia





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1940 days ago

You call this “practice”? Looks to me like you’ve got those techniques down pretty well. The thired is my favorite.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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whitedog

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#2 posted 1940 days ago

3 great boxes , i like them all

-- Paul , Calfornia

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ChicoWoodnut

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#3 posted 1940 days ago

Nice Phil,

What’s your finger joint technique?

What did you use to inlay those nouveau poppies?

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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boxman

104 posts in 2018 days


#4 posted 1938 days ago

i’m sure they will like them ,they look really good.

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask, j.soika@shaw.ca

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stanley2

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#5 posted 1938 days ago

Scott the finger joint is cut in any way you prefer (table saw or router). The trick, which is Peart’s not mine, is to do an extra f/b and side that will be a throw away. When pillowing the fingers assemble with the spare f/b or side and sand away without worrying about marring the face with your sanding. A friend tried rounding over with the router but the hand-sanded pillowing is much more appealing.

The inlay was using the router inlay kit.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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Miket

308 posts in 2358 days


#6 posted 1938 days ago

Nice job one the box. I like the inlays

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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ChicoWoodnut

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#7 posted 1938 days ago

I have found it difficult use Darrell’s technique to make the fingers different sizes like I did on the drawers for my night stands. the fingers are progessivly larger as they go up. I did use the pillowing technique (extra throwaway) and that worked out nicely.

Nice job. Is the material for the inlay holley?

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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stanley2

305 posts in 2381 days


#8 posted 1938 days ago

Yes Scott the inlay is holly. You’ve got me thinking about the jig set-up for cutting progressive sized fingers – interesting.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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mbs

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#9 posted 797 days ago

I like the boxes. I’v never seen spalted apple before.

I also got the G&G bug and I’m planning to make a bedroom door and bedroom set out of walnut. The aurora dressers are nice but i’m not that crazy about the beds. Have you seen any G&G beds that you like?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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