Monthly Archives: April 2012

A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part Five

The top proper consists of three 3/4″ (19mm) thick pine boards glued and rubbed together, which, once dry, was tidied and squared up. I formed the mahogany edge moulding and mitred and glued it around the top’s periphery. The crossbanding … Continue reading

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Bracket Foot Construction

Bracket feet are those feet which are separately applied to case furniture and include flat, ogee and serpentine feet, but not (normally) splayed feet. Fig. 1. Flat bracket feet, circa 1720. Fig. 2. Ogee bracket foot, circa 1770. (Millington Adams) … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part Four

The base mouldings on kneehole desks are invariably quite pronounced, adding bold lines to the ins and outs of the pedestals and kneehole. I stuck the moulding in a couple of suitable lengths of mahogany and then glued and nailed … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part Three

The rear panels are free floating in the carcase to accommodate contraction and expansion. To that end, I glued cockbeading around the panel rebates to disguise any future shrinkage. Final assembly of the carcase was somewhat akin to solving a … Continue reading

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Holidays cause a change of pace around here; you know, later to bed, later to rise, normal activities suspended and anomalous activities engaged in. Work on the kneehole desk is almost a distant memory and has been supplanted by pursuits … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part Two

The construction of this desk is mahogany veneer on pine, with solid mahogany feet and mouldings. I rubbed a series of pine boards together and set them aside to dry. With a veneered chest of drawers, I would normally veneer … Continue reading

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At your Convenience

We largely tend to take the lavatory for granted nowadays, but in pre-Victorian times, the average person’s daily constitutional would have likely involved varying levels of discomfort, draughts and conspicuousness in the open landscape. If one had the means, one … Continue reading

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