|Project by WhattheChuck||posted 01-01-2016 12:24 AM||1064 views||8 times favorited||11 comments|
A modified Greene and Greene – themed bookshelf. I like the G&G style a lot—the workload not so much. I think people, when getting on their G&G kick, often forget that these things were made by these incredible craftsmen for people who were stinking rich. And as such, even the smallest pieces took an inordinate amount of time. The famous chiffonier in one of the books priced itself out at something like $40K in today’s dollars!
Because I’d like to have some level of copacetic furniture in one room, I’ve taken to focusing on key details to attempt to capture the style, while at the same time make it possible to build without developing a bad case of obsessive-compulsive disorder. I borrow heavily from Thomas Stangeland, and the details he developed for the desk in the FWW book on desks.
One thing this piece forced me to consider was how much overhang, contrasted with how much detail not easily seen. I originally had the breadboard ‘wings’ an inch extra in width, until I realized that it hid the laboriously constructed side panels. I also used double mortise and tenon joints on the bottom, and the rear top. I’m glad that it all went together, but I do want to report that I cursed furiously as I banged that thing together. And I pre-fit all the joints. I figure that it will, at a minimum, last 300 years.
The shelf fronts are beveled to make them look skinnier. The shelf itself is about 46”x15”x 32”.
The wood is the same batch of guilt-free Dead Man’s African mahogany that I used to build the small entertainment center. I’m about lined up with Christopher Schwartz on never putting a monkey willfully out of a home. I have enough mahogany for one more project, and then, I guess, that will be it with me for mahogany for a lifetime.
The finish is still-not-hardened Behlens Rock-hard Tabletop Varnish. It is a miserable finish to apply, but I haven’t found anything else that comes close for protecting things that are going to have unpredictable things placed on top.
I’ll buff it out a month from now and call it good!
-- Chuck, Pullman, WA