Build a Greene and Greene Blanket Chest
It’s all about the details. Our expert shows how to get them right
Synopsis: Proud, pegged finger joints, a lid with raised breadboard ends, and faux “leather” straps on the base are some of the Greene and Greene details that Darrell Peart incorporated into the design of this blanket chest. Taken together, these details make for a fun and beautiful project. A pair of routing templates makes cutting the finger joints easy. Ebony plugs and splines add interest to the finger joints and the breadboard ends, and the strap, made out of wood, adds visual weight to the base of the piece.
I’ve long been drawn to the work of the brothers Henry Mather greene and Charles Sumner greene, the early 20th-century architects who designed and furnished some of the country’s most important Arts and Crafts bungalows. Their furniture stands apart for its elegant fusion of Japanese-inspired detail with solid, practical Craftsman design.
The brothers designed blanket chests for two California…