Popular Woodworking 2008-10 № 171, страница 60

Popular Woodworking 2008-10 № 171, страница 60

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Joints remain tight. Thcrearc fcwsplitsdue to wood movement (t hough some do exist).

One notable construction feature is the housed mortise. Designed to conceal minor separation of thcmoniscd-and-tcnoncd members, the housed mortise is a fussy joint to construct. In this joint, a shallow mortise is cut around the primary mortise. The shallow mortise accepts the entire shoulder of the

tenoned member. Inothcr words, the joint is visible - the fu must be perfect. Amazingly, these joints were used not only in furniture hut in architectural trim as well.

Drawersare well constructed with fantast ic attention to detail, as in the example below from the Culbertson house. It's well-known that drawers were not dovetailed except for those in the Thorscn house. The lockingjoints

Caned Ml. Some del,are unique. I his car\'ing detail on a Ihorsen Using room table is untte any other in the Greenes' work. The table » believed to haw been designed by I tenry.

Tradition arid detail, furniture from the CUbMSon inters' house (right) is a departure from the Greene A Greene norm. I he forms may be more traditional but intricate detail dominates a* always.

Beyond the surface. This drawer front fbekjw). wrapped in ebony, displays trimmed brass if/rHS. Along the bottom edge of the drawer, the screws are countersunk instead.

Perfec t form. Tlx-Blacker

Using room armchair it a per feci design. The crest rail is a sculpture. The brackets and ebony-splines are iconic.


Still tighl after 100 years. In this original chair the joints are still tight after a century.

Not your ordinary mortise. Here we see an example of a housed mortise, on a Blacker dining chair reproduction by lim Ipekjian. I he housed mortise was commonly employed in the Halls'shop.

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