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Picture This CVIII

I have previously mentioned cross-grained mouldings (here and here) which, though somewhat out-of-period, are authentic. The walnut chest-on-chest below is from the second quarter of the eighteenth-century and displays customary cross-grain banding and vertical veneer on the drawer fronts. Fig. … Continue reading

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Cross-Grained Mouldings

Mouldings on oak-framed buildings – and thence joyner-made oak furniture – followed the timber’s grain and were comparatively simple to produce. Then circa 1685, a new breed of specialised furniture maker appeared. Cabinetmakers developed more sophisticated techniques for making and … 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 Eight

Staining and polishing furniture in the rain can be frustrating to say the least! Natheless, after much corybantic activity with brush and cloth, the effulgent cabinet-on-chest is completed. “Brass shines as fair to the ignorant as gold to the goldsmiths.” … Continue reading

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

Glue blocks were positioned round the periphery of the cabinet top to positively locate the cornice. Cornice locating blocks. With all the cornice mouldings worked and glued to the cornice frame, I rubbed split corner blocks into the internal corners … Continue reading

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

During the first half of the eighteenth-century, cornices were simply extensions of the bookcase or cabinet carcase. Cornice moulding wrapped round upper chest carcase, c. 1720. From around 1760, the cornice became a separate structure sitting atop the carcase. The … Continue reading

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Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Four

I boarded the back of the upper tier this morning and attached the cornice to the front. The hot weather (27°C or 80°F) has already had an effect on the cross-grained mouldings which have begun to ‘crinkle’, creating small gaps. … Continue reading

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Making a ‘Mulberry’ Corner Cabinet – Part Two

Composite mouldings Because I don’t have any drawings and very few dimensions to lead me on this interpretation of a two-tier corner cabinet, I wanted to visualise the proportions of the cornice before embarking on the upper tier. The untrained … Continue reading

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