Unreasonable Fourth

Since completing the third chest of drawers for the upcoming book, I have had a lot on my plate which has dictated, at best, sporadic work on the fourth chest.

I did, however, begin with great gusto; preparing the carcase’s pine and solid mahogany panels and veneering the side panels. All were set aside for a time while I attended to one of several interruptions requiring my undivided attention.

When I returned to the bench some weeks later, I couldn’t locate the veneered panels. I searched high and low for them, but being unsuccessful (and a gentleman-of-a-certain-age with short-term memory issues), I thereby convinced myself that I hadn’t made the panels. However, I didn’t feel like veneering that day, and decided to make up the base moulding and bracket feet instead.

Urgent distractions again took me away from the bench for a week or so and then the veneered panels turned up – exactly where I had left them, leaning against a wall to dry. I knocked the carcase together while I had all the panels in the one place and then after another lengthy interlude, I couldn’t locate the feet. This chest really tested me.

Dating from 1740, this mahogany chest is the first non-walnut chest and is also the first example (that I have made in this series) that reverts from crossgrain mouldings back to long-grain mouldings. The drawer fronts and carcase top are solid mahogany and the latter is attached to the veneered sides with a single sliding dovetail at each end.

book_Geo_II_chest_itw_01aThe George II mahogany chest in-the-white…

book_Geo_II_chest_finished_01a… and finished.

Actually, the chest isn’t exactly finished: The backboards aren’t on and they can’t go on until I affix the stops to the back of the dressing slide, and the stops can’t go on until I line the dressing slide, and I can’t line the dressing slide because, in the aftermath of The Great Storm of 2014 that destroyed our house, I have no idea where the roll of baize ended up.

The first three chests can be seen here, here and here.

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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9 Responses to Unreasonable Fourth

  1. James Pallas says:

    I always enjoy seeing your work. I have the same problem with loosing pieces that are right where I put them. Problem is that as I get older the lost pieces get larger.


  2. diceloader says:

    What colour baize are you planning to use?
    Would there have been a traditional colour?

    I too have a number of artefacts safely stored away.


  3. Joe M. says:

    Glad to here your back in the shop. Hope all your distractions have been addressed. Does the dressing slide have stops to prevent it from being pulled out to far?


  4. paul6000000 says:

    “I remember putting it someplace safe” means I’ll never find it again.


  5. Tim Raleigh says:

    I sympathize and understand completely the misplaced baize and veneered panels. You have good reason as the distraction of trying to get your home rebuilt would be enough. I on the other hand have no good excuse other than disorganization.
    I do look forward to reading your book.


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