Picture This VII

A reader enquired if I tidied up the sawn surfaces of the fretted sides of the Chippendale hanging shelves I made last year. I replied that I performed the minimum of cleaning up as that was how equivalent surfaces appear on period work.

The image of the Chinese hanging shelves below clearly illustrates the typical degree to which mid-eighteenth-century fretwork was finished. The image is quite large (1815 x 2180 pixels), so you can zoom in and have a close look at the surfaces.

Geo_III_Chippendale_mahogany_bookshelves_c1765_04bChippendale period hanging shelves, circa 1765. (Chris Challis)

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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4 Responses to Picture This VII

  1. Burbidge says:

    Is there usually more finishing done on the larger ‘flat’ sections? The upper fretted work looks as if a file has followed the saw, and little else. Is that the norm?



    • Jack Plane says:

      There was precious little fettling done to any of the fretted surfaces… which is precisely my point. The evidence of file marks would point to an area having been uneven rather than ‘un-smooth’.



  2. Kirk says:

    What kind of brackets were used to hang these on the wall?




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