Greene and Greene style bookcase

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Project by Karson posted 04-19-2008 05:38 AM 4902 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the Challenge04 I decided to design a Greene and Greene Bookcase.

The Greene brothers, Charles and Henry decided to create a new and fresh style different from the Arts and Craft designs that was becoming popular in that time. Some of their designs were influenced by some Asian furniture.

I opted then to build a Greene and Greene Style bookcase using breadboards and splines for the top but also creating a mid rail in the middle of the top. Ebony Pegs are used in the joints and Ebony pegs and splines are used to attach the breadboard on the top.

The corner posts are 1 3/4 square stock with 1” stock used for the rest of the construction of the case. Ebony pegs are used to join the rails to the corner posts. The sides rails and the upper front rail have the classic “Cloud Lift” design. On the sides the “Cloud Lifts” both have an upper movement, thereby making them move as one.

A center support is designed to allow for different spacing, if desired, for the left and right shelves. The are adjustable on ebony pegs in the case ends and mid support. I am visualizing a shiplap style back, but might revise it under additional considerations.

Each of the shelves will be constructed with breadboards and splines. The ebony pegs will be flush on the ends to allow for closer fitting of the shelves to the case sides. They will be adjustable through the use of Ebony Plugs placed in holes in the case sides.

The base is an Asian style with curved legs and a carved apron that matches the curve of the legs at the intersection of the apron and leg. Thereby given a smooth flow between the joints. The aprons will be cut at a 45 degree angle and the front and side aprons will join together at the upper edge of the leg.

A cloud lift stretcher will be used between the legs on all 4 sides.

It is visualized as a 54” high case, and approx 40” wide. A model will be created to insure that the proportions are correct. The legs and apron section is visualized to be 10” in height which would make the bookcase assembly to be 64” in total height. The shelves would be 12” in depth making the case around 15” in depth. The top will overhang the front by 1” making the top 16” in depth. The top will be flush at the case back.

My Golden Mean calculations or Golden ratio Calculations for this bookcase are posted here

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#1 posted 04-19-2008 05:50 AM

Looking good Karson, I will follow with interest. Good luck in the contest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 04-19-2008 06:23 AM

Sweet buddy. I am excited to see it built!!

-- Anchul - Warrensburg, MO: As a Pastor, I am just trying to get closer to Jesus. He was a woodworker too.

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#3 posted 04-19-2008 07:10 AM

Do you think you will build it Karson?

It would be pretty cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 04-19-2008 12:14 PM


This is an interesting design that you have created. It would be an interesting project to build.

Good luck in the contest.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 04-19-2008 12:21 PM

Hi Karson;

Nice looking design!

You going to build it?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 04-19-2008 01:55 PM

oooooooh nice!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 04-19-2008 03:25 PM

I thinks I’ll build this one. It looks like a stretch in the challenge department. The legs and aprons look to be the interesting part.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Al Navas

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#8 posted 04-19-2008 03:59 PM


Very nice! I would love to see you build it – you are correct, the legs and aprons should be quite interesting!

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#9 posted 04-20-2008 03:30 PM

You Go Karson, Love the Greene and Greene style furniture. Look forward to seeing the completed project. Keep up the great work. Your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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