The day began with dense cold fog, but by mid morning the sun had burnt through it and I had a fine afternoon in which to finish the cabinetwork.
I’m skipping over much of the drawer making because I will be writing a dedicated post on the topic, to appear at a later date. The drawers are finished nonetheless and I fitted them to the carcase and rubbed two stops per drawer onto the drawer dividers.
Finally, I nailed the 3/8″ thick pine backboards horizontally to the back of the carcase.
The Virginia Walnut chest in-the-white.
I think the important part is how did you hide the holes from the air nailer so well? :) Also, from an authenticity point of view, how rough do you leave the backboards?
I follow after the air nailer with modelling clay and a little pot of brown paint! Actually, I use fine cut brads and don’t bother filling the holes. Filling nail holes is another anal Victorian pursuit. Prior to the Victorians, nobody appears to have been particularly bothered by the odd nail hole. They’re virtually unnoticeable when all’s finished.
The backboards are roughly planed to thickness with a scrub plane and left at that.