A William and Mary Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Four

Plain (non-oyster/marquetry) veneered carcase ends of this period were decorated in several ways; book-matched, book-matched with wide cross-banding, and quartered with wide crossbanding and narrow, contrasting banding (ash or holly, 1690-1700) or walnut featherbanding (1695 onwards) between the quartered panels and wide banding. This chest will wear the full cloak of quartered walnut panels, narrow ash crossbanding and wide walnut crossbanding.

I cut over fifty eight feet of walnut veneer – I was having so much fun, I couldn’t stop! The veneer was toothed on the carcase side and made up into quartered and book-matched panels which I then sized with glue. The book-matched panels were cut into strips for crossbanding the periphery of the carcase panels.

30″ x 16″ quartered walnut veneer panel.

30″ long book-matched walnut crossbanding.

3/4″ ash crossbanding.

Cleaning up the veneer and crossbanding.

Once both carcase ends have been veneered and cleaned up, their front edges will be partially veneered (D-moulding will be applied down the inner edges). The top cyma mouldings can then be applied and the top of the carcase can be veneered.

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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3 Responses to A William and Mary Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Four

  1. Ian Wells says:

    Hi Jack , any info or pictures of the veneer cutting?

    • Jack Plane says:

      Ian, No images of the veneer cutting process I’m afraid, but picture a hefty plank of walnut on the bandsaw table with a leaf of veneer emerging from between the blade and the fence and a lot of sawdust in the air and you’ll have it.

      Some run the stock along the fence and saw the veneer off the outside of it and then shift the fence for each successive cut. I set the fence for the thickness required and just keep sawing off identical leaves.


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