|Project by dadefreese||posted 03-22-2009 04:03 AM||4629 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
My college roomie lives in Pasadena, not far from the Gamble House of G&G fame. We’ve spoken about their style of work, but he’s not into woodworking or that much into their specific motif. I decided to surprise him with a little project – it was his 40th B’day, he had just finished talking about how much he likes various teas and I had a bit of time to explore a bit.
It’s not entirely faithful to G&G; it’s made of oak, I used brass screws instead of pins, and I omitted any ebony pegs on the finger joints. I was ready to add them, but my sketch and instincts told me it looked just a bit too busy for such a small project.
That said, I think I got a few basic elements right and the way I liked. In order to set the panel inside the 4 sides, I made a rabbet on the long side finger joints; that allows me to run the groove in all four sides without exposing it. Also, I like that the finger joints are thinner on the short side and thicker on the long sides; it seems better proportioned that way. Also, I ebonized the top with Japan ink (Speedball brand permanent ink is superior to all other ‘black’ methods I tried). I cut the finger joints ‘by eye’ with the table saw and a cross cut sled. I made my first ever jig to use a flush trim bit for the cloud lifts. In all, I did it all in only about 8 – 10 hours….spread over 2 weeks due to other commitments, building new jigs, de-cluttering my work area in preparation and, of course, scratching my head over what I wanted to do!
When you tally up the cost for materials, my new goodies I bought and made in preparation for this project, and the shipping – I could have bought a $10 tray online, but that’s the difference when you make something on your own, eh?