G&G Blanket Chest

Marc Spagnuolo

This blanket chest takes inspiration from the original Thorsen House Blanket Chest and was designed in collaboration with Greene & Greene expert Darrell Peart. We are calling it a "blanket chest," but this piece could also be a toy chest or perhaps downsized as an elegant tool chest for the shop.

The max dimensions are roughly 43"W x 20"H x 24 3/8" D

  • 14 lessons
  • 324 min
  • $100.00

Historical Relevance

Charles and Henry Greene designed a series of “ultimate bungalows” in the early 1900’s and filled the houses with masterfully-designed furniture. Each house has it’s own special features and furniture. The Thorsen House in Berkeley, Ca. was built in 1909 and is currently owned by the Sigma Phi fraternity. Much of the original furniture is either missing or in private collections. One piece that has yet to be reproduced is the blanket chest.

G&G expert and furniture maker Darrell Peart helped us design this chest with modern sensibilities in mind. So build yourself a piece of history by making a modern interpretation of the Thorsen House Blanket Chest. The project features numerous Greene & Greene techniques including finger joints, ebony plugs, arched handles, and breadboard ends. If you’re not a fan of the Greene & Greene style, you can simply leave the Greene & Greene details out and you’ll still have a serviceable blanket chest.


This was a fantastic project! I completed this as my first guild project and only woodworking for about 9 months. Marc absolutely makes this entire project accessible to any level, trust me. I am so satisfied with the end goal and cannot wait for my next build!

Guild Member

Awesome project.

Marc really made this easy with the great videos. It still takes some time to complete, but you are never wondering what the next step is.

Guild Member

This was my first build in the Greene and Greene style and I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous the second I purchased the necessary materials. Just look at it, it’s kind of intimidating right? But don’t let the details and multitude of ebony plugs get the best of you. You’ve got a fantastic set of plans and equally great instructor at your fingertips. Every single detail is covered extensively and by following along you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Greene and Greene guru.

It seems like a lot to take in, but I would suggest anyone interested should dive right in and get started in the world of G&G. As others have previously stated here, I’ve been wood working and building projects for several years, and what started as a pile of rough mahogany quickly became my first piece of “fine” woodworking. I built this as a gift for my parents and I know it will live a long life for many to enjoy.

Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Marc is a podcaster, video producer, woodworking enthusiast, and author of the book Hybrid Woodworking. He has contributed articles and video content to FineWoodworking.com, Popular Woodworking Magazine, WOOD Magazine, and Woodcraft Magazine. He is also the host of The Wood Whisperer, an instructional woodworking video series that’s been going strong since 2006. He is also the owner and operator of The Wood Whisperer Guild and the Wood Talk Podcast. He has taught classes at the William Ng School, Marc Adams School, Weekend with Wood, Fine Woodworking Live, as well as Rockler and Woodcraft stores. He also speaks periodically at woodworking events like AWFS and IWF.