Monthly Archives: March 2012

A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part One

I spend quite a bit of time in my office, yet I find it one of the least appealing environments: There are a couple of nice pieces of case furniture, a few antique prints on the walls and part of … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Five

The dressing table was washed down with hot soapy water prior to staining it with Van Dyke. When the stain dried, I polished it all and attached the handles. A good waxing completed the job. The finished dressing table. Lipped … Continue reading

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“The Auld Sod!”

To all Irishmen, particularly those in absentia… happy Saint Patrick’s Day. Jack Plane

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Four

The solid drawer fronts of the dressing table are lipped on three edges and moulded on all four edges. Lipped drawer edges enjoyed brief popularity on all types of case furniture between 1730 and 1760; coexisting with the more abundant … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Three

I glued the carcase together, including the drawer guides which are tenoned into the front and back panels. The following day I rubbed the partially formed ears onto the sides of the knees and the carcase. Once dry, the ears … Continue reading

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A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Two

The paper patterns I made of the dressing table in the late eighties were showing their age, so I took the precautionary step of carefully transcribing them onto some hardboard. Once completed, I laid out the leg profiles onto some … Continue reading

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