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Project by dmath posted 01-30-2007 07:37 AM 5713 views 11 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is my reproduction of the Gamble House Entry Hall Table. The Gamble House is an American architectural gem built in 1908 in Pasadena by David and Mary Gamble (of Proctor & Gamble). The house was designed by Charles and Henry Greene as was most of the furniture. I consider the entry hall table a nearly perfect piece.

My version of the table is scaled down slightly as the original is quite large. Made of mahogany and ebony (as was much G&G furniture) the piece is finished with Danish oil and wax.

While not the most difficult piece of furniture ever built this table does present some challenges. The drawer joinery requires some care since it is one of the primary features of the table. The drawer runners are very creative and also decorative. Another significant challenge in reproducing Greene & Greene designs is that until the publication of Bob Lang’s book of measured drawings last Fall there were very few “plans” available. A lot of research was required to get details right.

David

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com





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Don

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#1 posted 01-30-2007 08:28 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks Dmath.

This project is a marvelous introduction to yourself. From what I can see, it’s a faithful reproduction of Green & Green furniture. Would you please provide more detail of the wood and finishing process?

Last year, I purchased Darrel Peart’s book on Green & Greene furniture, but was unaware of Bob Lang’s book. Please provide more information, ie. publisher, title, etc.

Thanks!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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oscorner

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#2 posted 01-30-2007 09:09 AM

It’s a beautiful reproduction. I like the joinery and the shape of the drawer handles.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#3 posted 01-30-2007 09:32 AM

Great table, David! Well done!
I love G+G stuff, real eye catching yet still practical.
Don, here’s a link the Lang book.
Cheers
Phil

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Ethan Sincox

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#4 posted 01-30-2007 04:42 PM

Dave,

That was a fabulous article in February’s issue of Popular Woodworking! One of the best I’ve seen in a while, actually. I love your idea of using the brass screws and then shearing off the tops to make them look like pins. I think that idea can be adapted to lots of different situations.

One question I did have when reading the article… why are the box joints all cut to different dimensions? Is that specific to G&G furniture? Or is that a design idea you incorporated? It seems like it adds another level of difficulty to the project, but I suppose it wouldn’t look quite the same if they were all cut to the same dimensions?

Welcome to the Lumberjocks, Dave!

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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dmath

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#5 posted 01-30-2007 04:54 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. To answer a few questions… Bob Lang’s book is another in his series of Shop Drawings. It is available via his website www.craftsmanplans.com (it’s also available at bookstores and amazon.com though I think authors make out better when you order directly from them). I wish it had been available when I started making my table as it is one of the pieces in the book.

Ethan, thanks for the comments on my article. It was fun to do. The original Gamble table has the varying-sized fingers on the drawers. It does add a little complexity to the joinery but makes it much more interesting. I made a test piece with equal-sized fingers and it didn’t look nearly as good. I spent quite a bit of time measuring photos of the original to try to get my finger sizes as close to “right” as possible.

Don, the wood is South American mahogany with ebony for the drawer runners and pegs. I sanded most parts to 220. The ebony pegs are sanded to 1000 and the runners to 400. I applied 3 coats of Natural Watco Danish oil followed with a coat of paste wax. Not much to it really. I know some like to keep putting on the Watco forever but I get too impatient.

David

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com

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#6 posted 01-30-2007 06:29 PM

Great to see. I love Green & Greens work. Glad to see the drawer detail…I guess this is your work. Great job.

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dmath

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#7 posted 01-31-2007 03:22 AM

I don’t want to take credit for the drawer design. The details on the drawers are as faithful to the original as possible, including the brass “pins” on the top edges. I did change the design of the drawer pulls.

David

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com

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scottb

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#8 posted 01-31-2007 04:55 AM

all your time researching this was well spent… what a great modern antique!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Don

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#9 posted 01-31-2007 12:05 PM

And, David, you got the ‘cloud lift’ detail just right. I’ve been thinking of a way to incorporate these in one of my boxes. I think it might work where I route the base to produce corner-legs. 9See my current WIP here I guess it’s a matter of experimenting.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#10 posted 02-02-2007 03:44 AM

Just saw your article in Pop Wood, congrats on being published. What a great article on such a beautiful piece. Very informative to boot. It’s not everyday you go flipping through magazines on the newstand and see something you recognize!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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scottb

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#11 posted 02-02-2007 03:45 AM

Oh, and thanks for not entering this in the Most Creative Category :)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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dmath

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#12 posted 02-02-2007 04:36 AM

Don, when I clicked the link for your work in progress I got an error. Let me know where to look. I’d like to see the cloud lifts.

Scott, thanks for the kind words. As for not entering the Most Creative category, I didn’t think I should since the design isn’t original. On the off-chance that it had won I would have had to donate the prize to the Gamble House. :)

I have a question. I’ve tried several times to upload a buddy image but it doesn’t work. After I choose the file and click upload I get a blank browser page and nothing happens. I’ve tried resizing the image and keeping it quite small but same result. Are there some parameters I should stick to?

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com

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scottb

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#13 posted 02-02-2007 04:41 AM

David, delete the .0 at the end of Don’s link, or just use this one

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/502

I’d keep the buddy icon 72 or 96 dpi, no bigger than 1×1… if it’s a jpeg size shouldn’t be an issue. I can give you a hand with Photoshop, but can’t think of anything else that might impede uploading.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#14 posted 02-02-2007 05:09 AM

Very nice table. And welcome to LumberJocks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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dmath

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#15 posted 02-02-2007 05:55 AM

Very strange. I tried again to upload the icon from my Mac at home. No luck. So I emailed it to my computer at work (a PC), remotely logged in to that machine and uploaded the image with no problem. I think there is a compatibility issue between the Lumberjocks server and either Mac OS or Safari (the Mac browser). Either way, I got the image uploaded.

Karson, while I’m in Ohio now (and Missouri before that) I’m from Wilmington. My maternal grandmother was from Milford and she and my grandfather retired to Millsboro. Unfortunately, they’ve been gone for quite a while now.

-- David Mathias, http://www.wood-and-light.com

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