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Backs to the Walls!

One frequently hears dealers – or reads authors – waxing lyrical about a cabinet or chest of drawers; its proportions, the figure of the wood, the mouldings, the finish etc., but seldom does one hear or read much, if anything, … Continue reading

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

The drawers were constructed in period-correct fashion with through dovetails front and back. The central veneers on the drawer fronts are the more figured stuff from the ends of the leaves of quarter cut veneer I used for the stripy … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Picture This LIII

I recently came across this early eighteenth-century walnut chest of drawers. It’s of fairly standard form, though the handles are replacements and the base moulding and feet appear to have been added during the third quarter of the century – … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part Seven

I have omitted the construction of the drawers on this job as I have covered virtually identical work in depth in previous mid-century chests of drawers. Suffice to say their construction adhered to the period norm. The fronts of the … Continue reading

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Picture This XIV

I recently came across an unusual chest of drawers (fig. 1). The second thing that caught my eye was the unnatural wear to the bottom edges of the bracket feet: It looked like the corner blocks were missing and the … Continue reading

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A George II Virginia Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Five

The day began with dense cold fog, but by mid morning the sun had burnt through it and I had a fine afternoon in which to finish the cabinetwork. I’m skipping over much of the drawer making because I will … Continue reading

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A George II Elm Corner Cupboard – Part Three

Metropolitan-made corner cupboards and cabinets, and those of a later date, employed sophisticated joinery in the form of sliding dovetails, rebates or trenches to enhance carcase rigidity, but often these carcases were simply glued and nailed together. That nailed examples … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Cabinet-on-Chest – Part Four

Like the chest’s, the cabinet’s carcase is half-lap-dovetailed; combining mahogany on the sides with pine top and bottom. Before assembling the cabinet carcase, trenches were cut into the sides to accommodate the adjustable shelves, and rebates were cut into the … Continue reading

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A William and Mary Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Two

I had intended to make the carcase of this chest out of Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) or reclaimed Yellow Pine (Pinus taeda, Pinus palustris, Pinus echinata etc.) – either would have been historically appropriate – but in the end, I … Continue reading

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