A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Three

The cabinetmaker’s insertion of the featherbanding in this chest would be considered – even by most of his contemporaries – as ‘wrong’. One can’t deny the proficiency of the man as a cabinetmaker constructing a basic chest, but it can’t be claimed he was conversant in the latest cabinet fashions. He probably exceeded his repertoire in making and inserting the featherbanding and was likely ignorant of the banding being uncommonly wide and laid in an erratic fashion (fig. 1).

William_III_ash_COS_c1700_banding_01aFig. 1. Loose or careless composition?

Featherbanding usually flows clockwise (or at least all in the same direction); therefore some may consider my mimicking the somewhat randomly laid featherbanding rebarbative. However, it’s all par for the course as far as I’m concerned (figs. 2 & 3)!

wiiiacos_191115_01aFig. 2. He did it first!

wiiiacos_261115_01aFig. 3. It’s not quite as obvious in the grand scheme of things.

wiiiacos_261115_02aFig. 4. Yesterday’s weather – 33°C (91.4°F) and 9% relative humidity – has assisted greatly with the overall loose look.

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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12 Responses to A William III Ash Chest-on-Stand – Part Three

  1. Ted says:

    Jack. I look forward to your book. Do you have a timeline you can share?


  2. Joe M says:

    Not realizing that the feather banding “usually flows clockwise”. I quickly examined my Last chest of drawers…..whew!……..it’s right……….It’s these small facts, through out all the posts, that make me go back (to 2009) and read the past posts so many times….I use the excuse “that I need to check my email” (hint) to spend time on the computer rereading so many of your Posts….can’t wait for part 4. Can you post a cross section of the top molding to get an idea of the thickness of the applied cross grained sections and the backing strip?


  3. Joe M says:

    Is the width of the top’s rear cross-banding different from the side/front? or is it the camera angle?


  4. Joe M says:

    So…..is the top’s field veneer trimmed to size before the moldings are applied??? Is this “different widths” of cross-banding standard fare or because of this “loose look”?
    Here in the states it is Thanksgiving Day Holiday……after stuffing my self with food I managed to crawl to the computer to say …Happy Thanksgiving to you…Now I have to go lay down…….desert is next


    • Jack Plane says:

      If you look at figure 2 above, you’ll see the mouldings attached to the carcase. The crossbanding is then laid over the carcase/moulding.

      If the crossbanding was all made the same width, then the featherbanding on the top and sides wouldn’t align.



  5. Joe M says:

    Got it!…at first it was..what?????? but then in the same #2 photo, the location of the feather-banding is the same as on the case sides, then i realizes why…..Thanks …..Give us more Jack!


  6. D.B. Laney says:

    Far from being rebarbative, I believe your mimicry exemplifies a level of empathy rarely displayed by today’s crafts people who constantly strive for machine like perfection and frequently miss the point that true beauty, many times, springs from the imperfect. How boring it is when everything is “just right.”


  7. Brian Lowery says:

    I think the feather banding is smaller on the middle drawer, because the middle drawer is smaller. Maybe he had all three center veneers already cut the same size, and had to adjust the outside banding to accommodate the difference in drawer height.
    Personally, I prefer drawer heights to go from larger to smaller starting from the bottom to top.


  8. Tim Raleigh says:

    “rebarbative” I learn something new every time I read one of your posts. Fantastic.


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