Building in the Language of Greene and Greene

Greene And Greene Furniture Plans

I MAI A ROOMFUL OF FURNITURE recently in the style of Charles and Henry Greene, brothers who designed houses and furniture in California in the first decades of this century. One of the most difficult aspects of making this furniture was finding ways to produce the details, the little touches that define the Greenes' work and make it so appealing to the hand and eye.The square black pegs, which are left slightly proud of the mahogany surface the exposed splines also proud and gently radiused...

Elements of the Shaker Style

Craftsman Case Molding

BY CHRISTIAN TTTW, W ,RKIN MASi LRS Jere IA Osgood, Sam Maloofand W W George Nakashima eac h evolved a style and explored it to its ultimate conclusion, and to hell with what was in vogue.The Shakers did the same thing, continually refining their idiom until they approached perfection, without regard to the latest trend. hey developed a style of furniture that blends well and fits comfortably in any type of house. The Shakers went out of their way to eschew fashion The result is timelessness. I...

Creating Working Drawings

Traditional Isometric View Furniture

Career, 1 dreaded ihe drawing stage ofa project. It was always a daunting, tedious process that only put off the true fun shaping real wood into real objects. After erasing a misplaced or poorly drawn line for the umpteenth time, I'd often think that I could have built the darn thing in the time it took to do the drawings. Considering the way 1 was producing drawings, 1 was probably right. Today, however, 1 thoroughly enjoy the drawing process, and 1 relish seeing my ideas first come to life on...

Drafting Table for Shop or Home

Drafting Table For Shop Home

Tin DRAFTING ROOM at the college where 1 teach furniture making had long been a sore spot with me. The tables we used were industria -type library tables, not designed for drawing. The students who used them were far from comfortable. For hours at a time, they hunched over a flat surface that was at the wrong height. It made drafting a pain. To solve that problem, I designed and built the prototype shown in the top photo on p. 73. After working out the bugs in the design, 1 realized that this...

Designing Furniture A Survival Guide

Demilune Table With Garrett Hack

1 A ASSIGNING A PIECE OF FURNITURE should be fun, not intimidating, iMmmmr Yet know woodworkers who think nothing ofhuilding complicated jigs or mastering difficult finishes but feel lost when it comes to designing a piece offur-nilure truly iheir own. The most important thing you can do is to train your eye. Look at furniture you like. Look in books, or go to museums, galleries, and new or antique furniture stores. Discover what appeals to you and why. In my article Designing a Chest...