Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cutting Corners

Most individuals, observing the mouldings of the broken-arched cabinet cornice and longcase clock hood below could be forgiven for thinking “What handsome/hideous mouldings” without realising the technicalities involved with the mitring of the arches and flanking straight mouldings. Fig. 1. … Continue reading

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Many Happy Returns…

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on this day in January 1756… and died on the fifth of December 1791. He could write a good tune, could Wolfgang. Jack Plane

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No Time for Timepieces?

When it comes to antique furniture, most devotees will concede to having a favourite genre, but none I have spoken to express a profound dislike for any. It’s therefore somewhat surprising that one of England’s most famous and highly accomplished … Continue reading

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A Thorny Subject

While making the William and Mary Walnut Chest of Drawers, a reader enquired about the method I used to lay thick and oft unyielding veneers and I replied that, where appropriate, I invariably resort to pinning them down in the … Continue reading

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A George II Elm Corner Cupboard – Part Five

The door is suspended on H-hinges which, because they are surface-mounted (as opposed to the more usual butt hinges whose plain leaves are concealed between the door edge and carcase), have decoratively shaped edges. The hinges are also unique in … Continue reading

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Just Deserts

Virginia received a great little book for Christmas, Wobble, by Rachael Lane, which contains thirty-five tantalising jelly recipes. Inspired by some of the delicacies, the choicest sheet gelatine was sought, but being the Christmas holidays, only powdered gelatine was available … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to read my posts over the past year, and a special thanks to those brave enough to post comments. Health and prosperity to all for 2012! Jack Plane

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