Greene & Greene Medicine Cabinet


Humble origins but a distinguished pedigree combine in the ultimate Arts & Crafts medicine cabinet.
By Robert W. Lang
Pages: 34-39

From the April 2009 issue #175
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This cabinet caught my eye on my first visit to the Gamble house. I had an hour to kill before the tour began, and spent that time in the bookstore, which is housed in the original garage. Charles and Henry Greene added nice details to every facet of their work, even places the owners would rarely, if ever, see. The Gamble garage is a very nice garage.

At the back of the building is a small restroom provided for the chauffeur. That is where the original version of this cabinet has lived for almost 100 years. A picture of the original cabinet is on page 68 of the November 2008 issue of Popular Woodworking (#172).

I was taken with the form and proportions. The case is very simple, with curved forms on the top and bottom of the sides, and a wonderfully proportioned door. I promised myself to someday build a version.

I had a small amount of bird’s-eye cherry that I had been hoarding for several years. There wasn’t enough of it to build a large piece of furniture, but there was too much for a small project, so it sat in my garage. The day after completing the drawings for this project I tripped over the precious pile of cherry and decided it was time to use it. Some quick measurements revealed that I had just enough to build this cabinet.

Online Extras

To download full-size patterns of the top and bottom side profiles of the Greene & Greene Medicine Cabinet, click here.

To download a SketchUp model of this project, click here.


From the April 2009 issue #175
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