A William and Mary Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Seven

Using a cutting gauge, the veneer on the drawer fronts was trimmed back to create the lands for the ash crossbanding.

The waste veneer slit and ready for removal. Note the holes left by the veneer pins.

The ash banding on the top and ends of the carcase was sized at precisely 3/4″ wide, but the banding for the drawers was cut somewhat wider than this to allow for trimming back flush with the drawer edges.

The crossbanding glued in place…

…and trimmed flush.

I cleaned up the baseboards and nailed them to the undersides of the drawers with fine wrought nails. Oversize runners were prepared and rubbed onto the bottom of the baseboards. When dry, I planed the runners and baseboards flush with the drawer sides. The runners were progressively planed down until each drawer fitted satisfactorily in its respective opening in the carcase.

In period fashion, simple pine drawer stops were rubbed onto the back interior faces of the carcase ends. A simple block of wood with a clearance cut into it to bridge the D-moulding was used to ensure the drawer fronts were coplanar with the front edges of the ends.

Drawer stops glued in place.

I prepared the backboards and nailed them into the rebate in the top and ends, and over the baseboards.

The chest of drawers in-the-white.


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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11 Responses to A William and Mary Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Seven

  1. It’s really looking great! I can’t wait to see it with finish.


    • Jack Plane says:

      Thank you. We’ve been having a wet spell here recently, so The Lemon Studio isn’t ideal for finishing in. The forecast looks favourable for later in the week, so I might get the opportunity to throw a pot of varnish at the chest.



  2. Tico Vogt says:

    You must be having a blast making all this great furniture.


  3. Tico Vogt says:

    What method do you follow to trim the banding flush with the drawers? Just planing?


  4. Devin says:

    I’m curious about the alternating light and dark strips on the drawer fronts, underneath the veneer. It’s on the left side of the first picture. Oh, never mind… it’s the endgrain of the through dovetails, isn’t it.

    Ha! “The Lemon Studio!” Instead of pens, you should consider turning some space-saving lemon reamers.


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  6. May I ask how far along the glue has set before slicing the waste away? Are you able to simply peel the waste up or has the glue hardened such that the waste pieces need reheating to remove? Or I suppose one could shoulder plane them away….

    And thank you sincerely for passing your knowledge along. This blog has improved my woodwork all the while providing quality entertainment.


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