Lang's "Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture"


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Chip did you happen to build some type of center support for your slats? I am finishing up a massive king size for myself and I'm pretty sure we're gonna need a center support beam. I'll probably build something self supporting and just place it in the center of the frame under the slats. Great looking work by the way!

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16 hours ago, B. Brinkley said:

Chip did you happen to build some type of center support for your slats? I am finishing up a massive king size for myself and I'm pretty sure we're gonna need a center support beam. I'll probably build something self supporting and just place it in the center of the frame under the slats. Great looking work by the way!

I more or less followed the plan, which called for 3/4” plywood with some framing underneath. It’s hell fer stout, and heavy. You could use slats but I had higher confidence in the supported plywood. 

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22 hours ago, Shane Jimerfield said:

Thanks. I'm in the data gathering phase. I've got the issue from FW, and the one from Woodworker's Journal. I like G&G furniture so I went ahead and ordered Lang's book.

Lang has three books I think - I have all of them. They’re all quite good I think. I’ve built several G&G pieces and also bought a set of square chisels from LV which were designed in collusion with Lang. They work well and come with two sharpening cones if you buy the whole set. I also use the cones for my mortiser bits :) 

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The bed in my book "Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture" is shown in two widths; the originals were twins and I also included an adaptation to make it a modern queen size.

Credit for the square punches goes to my friend Darrell Peart. I used to use an old chisel from a hollow chisel mortiser until Lee Valley began producing Darrell's punches.

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On 4/30/2019 at 8:23 AM, Bob Lang said:

The bed in my book "Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture" is shown in two widths; the originals were twins and I also included an adaptation to make it a modern queen size.

Credit for the square punches goes to my friend Darrell Peart. I used to use an old chisel from a hollow chisel mortiser until Lee Valley began producing Darrell's punches.

Ah Peart, yes thanks! I have those chisels and some of his books too. He’s up here in the Northwest too if I recollect correctly :) 

Bob I appreciate all I’ve learned from you, it’s made a big difference in my woodworking, thank you. 

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Thanks Bob.

I've gathered your book, the FWW drawings from Jan 2013,  the Woodworker's Journal from 2015 and various photos.

In studying the three designs I think I like the FWW with the 6 slats on each side of the head/foot boards. For the the twin, 4 on each side looks well balanced, but 6 are needed for a queen in my opinion. I also really like the mitered and splined corners of the original as shown in your book, and in the FWW version.

My next big question, do I tackle the inlays? I think I will, but not copy the original bed, rather something with a dragonfly - that's my totem.

And thank you for all you've done for the WW Community over the decades, mad respect.

Cheers.

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