Category: Project Updates

Rocking Chair Plans Online!

Fellow Woodworkers!

Hope everyone had a great three-day holiday weekend! Over the three days I spent some time behind the computer on SketchUp, InDesign and Acrobat Pro. All of this time resulted in completed project plans for the Gamble House Inspired Rocking Chair. In total:

  • The Booklet is 62 pages long
  • There are 11 full-size templates
  • You’ll need about 35 board feet of Mahogany (maybe less as I rounded up)
  • Able to separately download the full-size templates as well. Might be easier to print individually from the entire booklet. Wanted to give you the option.

I still have one last thing to do. Film the introduction chapter. That’s on my list for early this week, but I won’t send an update out for that.

Hope everyone has a great week in the shop.

-Matthew Morris

Gamble House Rocking Chair Build Update 8-11-2015

Hi everyone!,

If you have been watching my Weekly Shop Update on YouTubeInstagram feed or FaceBook Page you will have noticed that I’m in the final stretch of completing this rocking chair. Even spent about a half hour this Sunday just sitting in the chair after attaching the rockers for the first time.

Let me tell you a few things about the chair so far:

  • She Rocks! The rocking action is very smooth.
  • She’s comfortable! The height from the ground to the top of the front stretcher is just over 16 1/2 inches. I was shooting for 17. This is not a problem as seat is padded and raises you above Sam Maloof’s 17 inch seat height in his rocking chairs.
  • This, like any other Greene & Greene piece is heavy in details. I was able to accomplish all of the carvings in the arms, rails and rockers with chisels and 1/4 inch gouge and sandpaper. You won’t have to buy lots of carving tools!
  • In my plans, like the original chair, housed mortises and tenons are required. However, if you wanted to, you could easily use my rear leg shape and create a flat surface where the side rails meet the rear leg. This would eliminate the need for housed mortises.

I’m diligently working on editing the video footage for this project. The project will end with a total of around 30 to 32 chapters with each a distinct step in the project. I have chapters 2-17 live on the website for Yearly Subscribers to watch now. Chapter 1 is always the project preview. I am still working on bringing together all of my elements for the project plan. I have notes on each print out and need to make some minor changes to my sketchup files.

This leads me to the questions I’ve receive a number of times. When will the class be available? The individual class will be available as soon as I finish the chair, film and edit and preview video. My best estimate is before the end of the month. The initial set of plans will not have all of the detailed outlines of the carvings. Those will follow shortly after.

Enough of me writing and time for a preview! Use this link to watch Chapter 11 – Rear Legs

Have a great week in the shop!

– Matthew Morris

Live Shop Update! June 24th @ 5:30 Pacific Time

live shop updateFor those of you who have not seen my shop update last week or the event on Facebook I will be broadcasting live from my shop tomorrow (Wednesday) at 5:30pm Pacific Time. Join me for an update on the Gamble House Rocker and a Q&A session. Click here to watch:

I plan on doing a live update every month on the last Wednesday of the month until the end of the year. Hopefully I’ll see you on YouTube!

On other news with the Gamble House Rocker – I’ve begun editing the project and have a few chapters complete that will be live before the update tomorrow. If you have a yearly subscription you’ll have access to this as soon as I’ve published the pages. Chapters will come out every week from now until I complete the project.

Hope to see you all tomorrow on YouTube!

– Matthew

Movie Downloads Fixed!

video-downloadOver the past 24 hours I have uploaded every single downloadable movie file in each class to another server. This was necessary because of the bug in the new version of the caching software being used on WordPress. To Learn more, see my previous post here.

I was quite surprised the Verizon FiOS Police did not come knocking on my door because in total I’ve uploaded 126 GB of 1080 HD movies. As of yesterday the Gamble House Inspired Side Table, Scotch Cabinet and Sharpening Stations files were completed. Today the Gamble House Arm Chair was completed.

Hopefully very little of you experienced any issues. To those who did I am glad the problem has now been fixed!

Thank you for your patience and support,


Cache Bug Affecting Downloads

video-downloadHi everyone! One of our newest members alerted me to a problem with the downloads on the Scotch Cabinet Project. The problem stems from a change on the server and the caching software it uses. This change was applied last week.

Currently I’m in the process of fixing this problem the only way I can guarantee it won’t happen again. That is to move all of the movie files not stored in the database to another server. Unfortunately this will take some time. The Scotch Cabinet project alone is 25.7 GB of movie files.

I’ll send another update out when the process is complete.

Thank you for your patience,