Duration: Two days
Class Size: Maximum of four students
Materials: $100 (glass included)
- May 20th & 21st (8:30 -4:30)
This is one of my all time favorite pieces from the Greene & Greene archives. The entry mirror from the Blacker House in Pasadena. At first glance, it appears pretty simple and straightforward. But the more you look at it, the more you see otherwise!!
The subtle flair of the sides as they reach from bottom to top, like a tree stretching up for the sun. The artistic arrangement of the ebony buttons. Then there are the ebony splines that gently wrap around the top corners. And the zigzag miter that locks the top rail into the stiles. The slots in the top rail are there to accommodate leather straps for hanging the mirror, if you have picture hanging moulding in your home. Even if you don’t, they provide yet another element of detail to draw your eye.
It’ll take two full days of work to get all these details done. But you’ll enjoy this mirror for the rest of your life.
Dimensions of the mirror are 16 x 37
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 drills.
* Helpful, but not a necessity- Saddle Square (#05N56.01) or Large Saddle Square (#05N56.10) from 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.
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.