Chip Sawdust

G&G Bed Frame

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On 2/9/2019 at 7:05 AM, I B said:

 Excellent work on the bed.

 

I see a Tele back there and a Mesa amp? What kind of stuff you into playing?

Haha sharp eyes! I've played in a few bands, mostly blues, classic rock, covers, and a lot of original stuff. The amps have been quiet for a while but they're ready to go. It's an '86 Tele that is part of a family of 7 guitars, a tenor sax and the requisite tambourine :) 

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The wife likes it a lot. She's just glad it's done! As for spraying shellac in the room, as long as it's ventilated and doesn't get on HER stuff it's all good. I had a fan in the window that moves a lot of air and the over spray dried fast enough to not get on my guitars. I did move the sax out of the room though. Two tarps in the floor and a painter's drop cloth was insurance against getting anything on the carpet. Ya use what ya got :) and it's way too cold in the garage, er, shop, to do any finish work.

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Great execution. Cant say i care for the lumber choice though. Maybe you cant source sapele or mahogany where you are, which is understandable, but i would have done cherry in lieu of oak. The more and more GG work i see, i think it almost has to be sapele/honduran mahogany with ebony plugs and splines for it to be "right". Its similar to owning a Blue Ferrari. Still a beautiful car, but id forever look at it thinking it ought to be red. 

. If you were doing it over again, would you stray from the plans on the height of the headboard?

Is the darrel peart plug jig an article in FWW or similar? Heck, i own the guild build with him, and im not sure if i remember a plug jig... Making dozens and dozens of those suckers is incredibly annoying. 

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38 minutes ago, Pwk5017 said:

Great execution. Cant say i care for the lumber choice though. Maybe you cant source sapele or mahogany where you are, which is understandable, but i would have done cherry in lieu of oak. The more and more GG work i see, i think it almost has to be sapele/honduran mahogany with ebony plugs and splines for it to be "right". Its similar to owning a Blue Ferrari. Still a beautiful car, but id forever look at it thinking it ought to be red. 

. If you were doing it over again, would you stray from the plans on the height of the headboard?

Is the darrel peart plug jig an article in FWW or similar? Heck, i own the guild build with him, and im not sure if i remember a plug jig... Making dozens and dozens of those suckers is incredibly annoying. 

Isn't Oak the traditional wood with the jungle woods being the later adaptations? IIRC G&G is based off the arts and crafts movement mashed with Japanese styling both are heavy in the oaks. The early adaptations used a lot of teak, Oak, Port orford cedar, and redwood it wasn't till closer to 1910 that they started using mahogany. I also swear I've seen quite a few G&G original pieces that were in oak.

Sapele must be a current substitution after the genuine mahogany's are getting harder to source? I know Darrel love his sapele & mahogany for some reason... If i'm gonna spend that kind of money walnut is the way to go.

The end of the day G&G was all about the design it doesn't appear to me that they dictated much on the species of wood hence the large variations across the houses they designed. The one consistency is the ebony plugs.

 

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We do tend to end up with an idealized version of many furniture styles; particularly those with very identifying elements.  Chippendale's curlicues and swan neck details, Maloof's organic flows, G&G's proud finger joints, cloud lifts and ebony plugs.   Certainly they evolved like anything else. The Greene's square ebony plugs for example, they used to be round and not always ebony.  The furniture we're used to seeing when we Google Greene and Greene is from the early 1900's when they teamed up with the Halls (1907 I think(?)).  At any rate you will see a lot more mahogany, teak and walnut than oak from the Greens and Halls but, with contemporaries and predecessors like Gustav Stickl(e)y, Morris and Limbert there was a lot of white oak furniture around. 

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The You’re absolutely right, gee-dub. I call my G&G efforts a hybrid at best. I don’t care for some of the elements they used, but the cloud lifts, ebony bits and sturdy craftsman style appeal to me. Americana at the turn of the last century. 

If i ever had the time and a creative bone in my body, I’d hope to develop a style of my own. But I freely confess I rip off ideas from the classics and build what I’m able to. I give full credit to the pioneers who came before me and I admire their incredible creative and industrious energies. 

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