One Down

No, not a cryptic crossword clue, but news of the completion of the first of five chests of drawers I’m making for my up-coming book.

The first chest of drawers is typical of small four-drawer William and Mary chests made around 1695. The carcase is made of pine and veneered with English walnut, and the drawer fronts are additionally crossbanded with yew.

book_W&M_chest_itw_01aThe William and Mary chest in-the-white…

book_W&M_chest_finished_01a… and finished.

Four to go.

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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22 Responses to One Down

  1. FIG Woodworks says:

    Very nice indeed!


  2. paul6000000 says:

    Yes. Looking forward to this.


  3. Peter Frost says:

    words don’t come easy.. Impressive, indeed.


  4. hughjengine says:

    Lovely. The Yew is spectacular.

    Is the book at an equivalent stage?


  5. Sylvain says:

    We can better appreciate the subleties of the fine woodwork “in the white” but without the finish it would not be completed. Very nice furniture you can be proud of.


  6. Tico Vogt says:

    I commented a few years ago that you should write a book.


  7. Scott says:

    Jack, lovely work as always. What are the chest’s dimensions?


  8. Ron says:

    Outstanding work!


  9. Rich says:

    Well they say brevity is a virtue. Refreshingly concise compared to the reams of woodworking experts I”m addicted to reading.
    I still wouldn’t be able to do it even if you did explain it.


  10. Nick Caldwell says:

    Do you have room in your home for another bunch of chests?


  11. Warwick says:

    Very nice, though William and Mary is not really my cup of tea… I am looking forward to see what your example of the quintessentially Georgian bow- or serpentine-front chest looks like.


  12. D.B. Laney says:

    Well done. And here I thought you were busy re-building the barn. Would you give us the name of you Pharmacist? I need to get some of the “energy” pills you must be taking. Thanks for the W&M. Lots of history wrapped up in that style.


    • Jack Plane says:

      The workshop has been repaired and is in full operational mode once more. The insurers have agreed to pay out the sum insured for the house, but the bureaucracy is painfully slow. Once they sign off and hand over the money, we can apply for a demolition permit and then begin the process of rebuilding the house.
      That will be a slow course too as there have been revisions to local building regulations with regard to bushfire risk and prevention which will impact us. We have an architect waiting in the wings, but realistically, we won’t lay a foundation stone for some months yet.

      I have tried numerous pharmaceutical preparations to thwart aches and lethargy, but I always fall back on good old Hibernica Obstinatio*.



  13. Tim C says:

    My preferred decoction as well. Good choice
    Tim C


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