I’ve done My Number Two…

… chest of five chests of drawers that I’m making for the up-coming book.

The second chest of drawers is a five-drawer Queen Anne chest from around 1705. The pine carcase is veneered with (locally grown) English walnut and the figured mouldings are of (locally grown) Bastogne walnut. The drawer fronts are bordered with walnut feather banding.

The differences in construction between this chest and the previous, William and Mary chest are subtle, but nonetheless distinct. The constructional details will be explored in depth in the up-coming book – which same should also be of assistance to those interested in dating antique case furniture.

book_QA_chest_itw_01aThe Queen Anne chest in-the-white…

book_QA_chest_polished_01a… and finished.

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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18 Responses to I’ve done My Number Two…

  1. Damien says:

    Impressive … Nifty blotches


  2. Graham says:

    A beautiful piece like the last. I look forward to your in depth exploration of their construction, at least from the angles provided the differences seem very subtle, indeed.

    Speaking of blotches and assuming it won’t spoil a part of the book, I was wondering what’s going on with the veneer’s figure though. It’s very vivid in the white but the contrasts seem to really flatten out once finished. I imagine its my very limited experience with finishing, total lack of experience with Walnut, or both but its not the effect I would have expected.


    • Jack Plane says:

      When the differences are pointed out, they are quite apparent… and I don’t mean the glaringly obvious disparity between the mouldings.

      Period walnut furniture retains its figure, but centuries of exposure to UV light and the atmosphere tend to have their effect. Faking a faded finish – as on this chest – presents its own challenges, but fret not, all will be revealed.



  3. Ted says:

    Your book cannot become available soon enough!


  4. david webb says:

    I am so looking forward to your book, I appreciate both your skill in building and your knowledge of the craft. Thank you for yoiur endeavor.


  5. Paul says:

    Beautiful jack!

    I can think of a few people who would be in for quite a surprise upon opening a drawer!

    The entire facade looks as though it has aged and faded quietly as a whole in a favourable environment for the last three centuries,

    …not sure how you’ve achieved this but we know it’s not 320 grit and sanding sealer.

    Can’t wait for the book!


  6. D.B. Laney says:

    Very impressive, sir. Matches, perfect, Mouldings, stunning. What more can one say? From one old guy to another, I tip my hat to you.


  7. Clark Schoonover says:

    Very nice indeed.


  8. Jack Plane says:

    Thanks for all your encouragement and support chaps.



  9. Eric R says:

    Beautiful work my friend.
    Your veneer work is top-notch.
    And the finish is splendid.


  10. Claire says:

    That is beautiful. I love how you have set out the veneer. Those three arches are wonderful.


  11. Ron Belcher says:

    Very nice work. I have not heard of Bastogne walnut. Can you say where it comes from?


    • Jack Plane says:

      The name ‘Bastogne’ comes from the municipality of Bastogne in the southernmost Belgian province of Luxembourg in the Ardennes which is still a prolific walnut-growing region.

      Bastogne walnut is a naturally occurring hybrid, the result of cross-pollination between English walnut (Juglans regia) and the North American black walnut (Juglans nigra) which same was introduced into England and Europe in the seventeenth-century.

      Black, ‘red’ or ‘Virginia’ walnut was an important British furniture timber during the first half of the eighteenth-century. Evelyn wrote “Formerly the English Walnut-tree [Juglans regia] was much, propagated for its wood; but since the importation of Mahogany and the Virginia Walnut [Juglans nigra], it has considerably decreased in reputation. […] the black [walnut] bears the worst nut, but the timber is much to be preferred […].”

      The variegated chocolate- and caramel-coloured wood of Bastogne walnut is considered some of the finest of all varieties of walnut.

      Note: Another walnut hybrid, paradox walnut, is frequently confused with Bastogne walnut. Paradox walnut is a nineteenth-century cultivar of English walnut (Juglans regia) X Californian claro walnut (Juglans hindsii) which produces a vigorous rootstock for the nut-growing industry, internationally.



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  13. ashleysheddweller says:

    Put me down for your book Lawrences sales need improving


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