Monthly Archives: October 2011

A George III Mahogany Cabinet-on-Chest – Part Seven

I was determined to use appropriate veneer for the cabinet’s door panels; viz. full width, reasonably thick (un-jointed 13″ [330mm] span, greater than 3/64″ [2mm] thick), Swietenia macrophylla mahogany as would have been used on the original doors. It proved … Continue reading

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Would the Real Mahogany Please be Upstanding

An anxious reader emailed me about my use of mahogany for my current, and several recent pieces of furniture. He/she (unclear… one of those unisex christian names) was concerned that I was employing endangered/illegal timber in my reproductions. The Spanish … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Cabinet-on-Chest – Part Six

Glue blocks were positioned round the periphery of the cabinet top to positively locate the cornice. Cornice locating blocks. With all the cornice mouldings worked and glued to the cornice frame, I rubbed split corner blocks into the internal corners … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Cabinet-on-Chest – Part Five

During the first half of the eighteenth-century, cornices were simply extensions of the bookcase or cabinet carcase. Cornice moulding wrapped round upper chest carcase, c. 1720. From around 1760, the cornice became a separate structure sitting atop the carcase. The … Continue reading

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