A Modern Approach to a Traditional Greene and Greene Detail
Much of the furniture found in the Gamble House living room has a cloud lift pattern detail on all four sides, along with a carved pattern matching this detail. The cloud lift shape can be accomplished by template routing, but the corresponding carving requires a few more steps.
To produce repeatable results I created a routing template that uses a 3/8” guide bushing and ¼” core bit. To create the template, use a ½” piece of MDF or Plywood that is large enough to support your router, allow for the router to travel and not touch the clamps you will use to clamp it and the piece down.
Steps to make this template from the left side:
6. Decide how long on each side you want to create the indent, keeping in mind the outer diameter of the guide bushing.
Now that the template is made, make sure your bushing can travel with the groove. If it gets hung up, you may need to file away some waste. The bushing may also be to tall for the material. In that case, use a sander to remove some metal and change the total height of your bushing where it exits the router base.
To create the carving, play around with different depths using a ¼” cove bit. I tend to stay around 1/16” deep, feathering the ends using a combination of a sand paper, a needle rasp and a ¼” gouge.
Learn more about Greene and Greene details, and build the table above in Build a Gamble House Inspired Side Table, from Popular Woodworking University.