Build a Gamble Style Side Chair with George Knutson

At the Darrell Peart School of Precision Woodworking

Class Details

Duration: Six days Advanced Level Class
Class Size: Maximum of four students
Tuition: $825
Materials: $350
Deposit: $400

Class Dates

  • March 6th -11th
  • April 3rd -April 8th
  • Marc Adams School of Woodworking: October 9th-14th

Class Description

The Gamble House, in Pasadena, is surely the most well known example of Greene & Greene expertise in Arts and Crafts design and execution. If you’ve ever had the good fortune to tour this home (it’s the only G&G home that’s open to the public), you’ve seen this chair at a small table off to the side of the living room. It incorporates many of the fundamental G&G design details like cloud lifts, ebony buttons, through tenons, offset joinery, and subtle shaping. Not only is it a beautiful design that’s comfortable to sit in, but it’s also built to survive the test of time.

In this class, you’ll learn processes and techniques involved in chair construction. We’ll talk about why we’re using specific methods in the class environment, and we’ll talk about other methods you could use in your own shop on future projects.

Over the course of six days, you’ll be milling parts, creating the mortise and tenon joinery, shaping and fitting parts, gluing up sub-assemblies, the final glue-up, and fitting ebony buttons and cross-ties (in the center back splat). George will also demonstrate some options for finishing your chair and for upholstering your chair seat when you get home. (Slip seat frame will be built in class but upholstering and materials are up to you when you get home)

Charles Greene once said, strive to…..”make these necessary and useful things pleasurable.” This is a perfect example of that!!

This is an advanced level class 

Suggested Tools

  • Small square (2”, 3”, 4”, or 6”) – for marking and aligning joinery and for aligning square hole punches for ebony buttons. Both the double square style or the combination square work well. A 12” combination square will work too.
  • Tape Measure
  • Square Hole Punch Chisels from Lee Valley
  • 3/16” (#50K59.03) with 9/64” standard twist drill bit (NOT brad point) at least 3 1/2” long.
  • ¼” (#50K59.04) with 13/64” standard twist drill bit (NOT brad point). Standard length (about 3 ¾” long is perfect.
  • 5/16” (#) with 17/64” standard twist drill bit (NOT brad point) Standard length (about 4 ¼”) is perfect.
  • Standard steel headed claw hammer for punching square holes
  • Small mallet with hard plastic head for setting ebony buttons, and bars. Like Stanley #57-594 available at most Home Centers or contractor supply houses. Mallets with smaller heads (1” or 3/4” diameter) and weighing 8 oz to 12 oz are best. Also called a Jeweler’s Hammer or Gunsmith’s Hammer.
  • Small Saw for cutting ebony buttons and bars to length. Like #65573 Mini Dozuki saw or Zona #35-500 Fine Kerf Razor Saw from Rockler. Or #156736 Mini Dozuki saw from Woodcraft. Or from Lee Valley, #60T07.30, or #60T06.12, or #60T55.01. I’ll have several on hand if you don’t have one.
  • Dental pick for cleaning out square holes for buttons (not necessary, but sometimes helpful.) Best shape is a fairly straight shank with a slight hook at the end.
  • If you have a favorite style of hand sanding blocks, bring them.
  • If you have room to pack a cordless drill, batteries, and charger, we never have too many.
  • Helpful, but not a necessity- Saddle Square (#05N56.01) or Large Saddle Square (#05N56.10) from Lee Valley
  • Rubber “tadpole” sanding pads. We’ll use 3/8 – ½” sizes. Like #145958 at Woodcraft or #54412 at Rockler or#68Z82.01 at Lee Valley.
  • Most people find it helpful to have a notebook and/or a camera (cell phone cameras work fine) to record set-ups, jigs, clamping techniques, glue-ups, etc for future reference.

To Enroll…

Contact George at (425) 753-4476 to enroll in this class or be put on a waiting list. Please call between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm (Pacific Time).  If you reach my voicemail, please leave your phone number and an email address, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.


  • Prior Students

    If you have previously taken one of Darrell's classes...
    October 7

  • At the Open House

    October 8

  • Open Registration

    October 10


From a Darrell Peart Class

Darrell teaches from his experience. In the beginning—before he made it on his own—Darrell worked two jobs: primarily as an employee in various high end custom contract shops, and then in his off hours, he built made-to-order studio furniture in his own shop. His methods and materials used reflect both these experiences.

In one of Darrell’s classes, you might employ traditional joinery machined with a router and a CNC-made jig. His drawers are, by default, hung on waxed wooden runners (shop made), but if the drawer calls for full extension or heavy files, European metal slides will be employed.

Much of his construction is of solid wood, but if a veneer will do the job better, he has no aversion to its use.

Darrell practices what he calls "Precision Woodworking." This starts with CAD-produced drawings and relies upon precise measurements using dial indicators and Vernier calipers.

Chisels and card scrapers are used, along with a lot of hand shaping and sanding, to achieve the Greene & Greene elements. Hand planes are used infrequently.

Darrell’s class sizes are limited to four students. This makes for a more relaxed atmosphere, but also allows Darrell to spend more time with each student. Time permitting, excursions can be taken to talk about furniture design or the different processes Darrell uses—neither topics takes much coaxing for Darrell to get started.

We hope your experience in one of Darrell’s home shop classes will be unique. You can expect a more relaxed and freer flow of knowledge and more one-on-one attention as well. There is one thing you can expect much less of, though: waiting times on tools and machines.

Hope to see you there!


Enrolling, Paying, Cancelling & Accommodations


For "away classes," contact the school where the class will be held.

To enroll in a Seattle class, or to be put on the waiting list, please Contact Darrell and he will get back to you quickly. You may also call Darrell between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm (Pacific Time) at (425) 277-4070. When sending a message via the contact form, please include your phone number and address.


For a deposit, Darrell does not accept credit cards at this time—sorry! Personal checks can be sent to:

Darrell Peart Furnituremaker
9824 30th Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98126


Darrell likes to keep his classes small. To make this work, most classes must be full. Although there is usually a waiting list, it can sometimes be difficult to arrange travel, accommodations, and schedule vacation on short notice. For this reason, full refunds are available up until six weeks prior to the class date. After that, a refund only will only be provided if the vacated spot is filled.

Darrell's Unique Designs

All project classes feature designs by Darrell. By taking a class, you are granted permission to reproduce a piece for personal use only and not for profit or remuneration.