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Picture This LXXXIII

In Bonhams’ Home & Interiors sale in Knightsbridge on the 24th of May 2016, lot 116 is catalogued as a “George III mahogany mule chest” (fig. 1) which may well be correct. Fig. 1. “George III mahogany mule chest”, (Bonhams) … Continue reading

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Drawer and Drawer Aperture Decoration

Since man first made tools, utensils and weapons from wood, he has burnt, carved and scraped decoration into it. Even in their simplest form, the rails and stiles of early joiner-made coffers usually exhibit chamfered edges (fig. 1), though more … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part Three

The rear panels are free floating in the carcase to accommodate contraction and expansion. To that end, I glued cockbeading around the panel rebates to disguise any future shrinkage. Final assembly of the carcase was somewhat akin to solving a … Continue reading

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

I was determined to use appropriate veneer for the cabinet’s door panels; viz. full width, reasonably thick (un-jointed 13″ [330mm] span, greater than 3/64″ [2mm] thick), Swietenia macrophylla mahogany as would have been used on the original doors. It proved … Continue reading

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

The fronts of these drawers are mahogany, but the sides, backs and bottoms are pine. The quality of the original cabinet-on-chest would suggest the linings would have been oak; however, good oak – let alone quarter-sawn oak – is virtually … Continue reading

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Making a Reading Table – Part Seven

After the drawers were glued and assembled, the drawer fronts were veneered and cockbeaded with walnut. Cockbeading and drawer front. The front of the bottom boards are supported in grooves in the inside bottom of the drawer fronts while the … Continue reading

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