Greene and Greene: Master the Details
Perfect the classic cloud lift and ebony accents while building this iconic bed
If you are an admirer of beds designed by Charles and Henry Greene for the Gamble House in Pasadena, Calif., you’ll love this queen-size version. There’s a lot to like about the way the cloud lifts lighten the mass of the bed and the ebony plugs and splines pop against the cherry bed parts. The cloud lifts might seem difficult, but you can cut them with little trouble at the bandsaw. There are great techniques for fitting the spindles between the top and middle rail, and fitting the mitered top rail between the two legs. Stepped mortises in the top rail make it possible to hide the spindle’s top shoulder, so you have to worry only about a tight shoulder on the middle rail. And fitting the top rail to the legs when they’re dry-fit with the lower rails gives you a solid and square assembly to work from.
Get the Full-Size Plan
CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.