A George I Walnut Side Table – Part Four

The upper drawer divider was dovetailed into the front legs and the outer drawer guides were nailed and glued to the sides of the carcase. The front of the carcase was then veneered and tidied up. I glued the ears in place and faired them into the legs, completing the shaping of the legs in the process. As Hogarth put it “All beauty is derived from the infinite form and infinite variety achieved by the curve”.[1]

The finished carcase and legs.

The drawers were constructed according to the practices of the period: The sides are half-blind dovetailed to the fronts and through-dovetailed to the backs, the bases (with the grain running front to back), are located in grooves in the drawer fronts, nailed beneath the backs and glued into rebates in the sides with the runners subsequently glued to the undersides of the bases.

Bare drawers ready for veneering.

Once I had veneered and banded the drawers, I fitted the bases and glued and nailed the drawer stops into the carcase. The final step was to cut the screw pockets and then screw the top in place.

Drawer stops and screw pocket.

Side table in the white.

Re-shaped and scraped backplates ready for ageing.

[1] William Hogarth, Analysis of Beauty, London, 1753.


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 George I Walnut Side Table – Part Four

  1. Halteclere says:

    I’m going to be severely disappointed when you run out of room in your house for new projects.


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