Learn the history behind this popular style of Arts and Crafts design from Greene & Greene expert Dale Barnard. Then, jump into your first decorative detail: cloud lifts. Use cloud lift patterns, cut accurate shapes, smooth cut marks and more, for a beautiful addition to any piece. Next, create elegant ebony plugs to hide screw holes or as a purely decorative element. Get helpful tips for cutting square mortises, using a mortise machine and achieving clean edges with punches. Then, add gorgeous detail to your tabletop with breadboard ends and decorative splines. Plus, learn a new way to make breadboard ends with ease. Lighten up with pierced aprons as you work with a collar on your router and learn how to remove router burns in a flash. Add continuity and beauty to tables and chairs with low-leg indents, and craft flawlessly fitting finger joints. You'll even make and install uniquely Greene & Greene cabinetry accents: sculpted drawer handles!
Meet your instructor, woodworker and professional instructor Dale Barnard, as he offers a history into the distinctive Greene & Greene style that adds a touch of East Asian aesthetic to the Arts and Crafts movement. Learn about the seven distinctive and quintessential design details you'll tackle in this class, then jump right into your first: cloud lifts. Use a template and gather professional tips for using a bandsaw, rasp and a spindle sander. Find out what to do if you experience router burn and learn about the other ways you can create cloud lifts, including using a Forstner bit.
Discover the history behind ebony plugs and how they have been used not only as a colorful accent, but also for covering up screws or dowels. Learn how to make a mortise with a hand drill and a punch. Then, make your plugs as you refine your cut measurements on a piece of inexpensive poplar before moving on to ebony. Gather tips for creating a perfect pillow top as Dale demonstrates proper techniques for sanding, cutting and back beveling your plugs.
Make a tabletop that showcases this classic Greene & Greene style as Dale shows you how to construct your breadboard with traditional proud ends and ebony splines. Explore how wood movement will affect your tabletop and how to construct the top to accommodate changing seasons. Pick up professional techniques for creating mortises and tenons as well as several troubleshooting tips for diagnosing and adjusting tenons that don't fit just right. Discover how to cut the groove for your spline using a router and how to create a custom plywood pattern for your spline.