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 were faired into the legs and the upper legs were rounded over (figs. 1 & 2).

Fig. 1. The carcase completed.

Fig. 2. Fair ye well.

A single wide board forms the top of the dressing table. The corners are radiused and the edge moulding is a simple ovolo (fig. 3).

Fig. 3. One-piece moulded top.

Jack Plane

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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7 Responses to A George II Irish Elm Dressing Table – Part Three

  1. yaakov says:

    I certainly wish that I could spend some time in your shop with you. I really admire your work.


  2. millcrek says:

    Where is that elm from, the elm I get here in Wisconsin has an open grain much like oak. In the close up of the leg your elm looks more like our cherry. If it’s English elm how do you get it to Australia.


    • Jack Plane says:

      This elm is actually quite coarse and open-pored like oak. In the close-up of the leg, the angle gives an atypical appearance of the wood; you can see the back board and it is more typically coarse.

      Australia has the largest numbers of disease-free European elms in the world. A great many rural towns’ Avenues of Honour were laid out with elms, which by now are becoming over mature and trees are taken down quite frequently.

      Unfortunately the majority of those who mill the fallen trees have little idea what wood is used for or how best to cut it. I’m lucky to know a couple of tame switched-on-and-willing-to-learn millers.


  3. Ted says:

    Jack, would you cut the ovolo with a moulding plane? Then cut the corner radii? Finally carve the ovolo in the corners? Thanks, Ted.


    • Jack Plane says:

      Ted, yes, that’s exactly how I did it: Leaving the corners square initially allows one to better see the moulding develop. I then flipped the top upside down, scribed the corner radii, cut them to shape and then I used a card template to delineate the quirk.



  4. John M. says:

    Thank you for documenting this, it is very interesting to see the progress unfold.

    I am new to this blog and I’m very glad I found it!


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