Yesterday provided a brief respite from the seemingly incessant rain we’ve been experiencing recently, so I hurried out and removed the tarpaulin from the carcase. The sun even came out for a spell which saw the temperature soar to a lofty 11° C (52° F).
The first order of business was to glue the lipping onto the front of the carcase, which done and dried, I tidied up and scraped the veneered top and carcase ends in readiness for attaching the mouldings.
The mouldings were made a few days ago in anticipation of a break in the weather. I was also eager to attach the feet while the weather held, so I glued and nailed the base moulding onto the carcase first to allow the glue a little time to set before subjecting it to any great amount of stress.
I mitred the front bracket feet, glued and rubbed them together in pairs and then rubbed them onto the base of the carcase. The rear feet were rebated, glued and nailed together and similarly rubbed onto the carcase.
One of the techniques I had intended to incorporate in this chest was horizontal blocking of the bracket feet – as discussed in Bracket Foot Construction – but when I approached the task, I just couldn’t bring myself to go through with it. I was keen to illustrate an alternative eighteenth-century method of supporting the chest and bracing the brackets, but I realised the fallacy of stacking horizontal foot blocks on this chest. This is a real piece of furniture that, I am hopeful, will remain in my family for some generations to come and, not wanting to create premature restoration headaches for my descendants, I’m afraid I reneged and, in stead, rubbed the ubiquitous vertical, split corner blocks into the bracket feet.
Menacing black clouds in the distance began rolling my way which curtailed the day’s activities. The backboards must wait until another day.