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

The joinery for these flat, shaped stretchers commonly comprises simple lap, or halved joints, however, one also encounters bridle joints (fig. 1). Fig. 1. The pine stretcher components. After putting the stretcher together, it was veneered on top, inside and … Continue reading

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

I am never without something to occupy myself, but spring is a particularly active time of the year: Horses, foals (currently five, with another three due imminently), tree planting, tree watering, keeping the greens in order and a myriad of … Continue reading

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

I am taking a sabbatical to recharge my batteries and to make a copy of an adorably quirky, yet hallowed William III ash chest-on-stand (fig. 1) before attending to the final two chests for the book. Fig. 1. William III … Continue reading

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Die Kommode mit funf Schubladen

… As the non English-speaking George I would have called this five drawer chest – the third of five chests of drawers that I’m making for the up-coming book. This chest dates from around 1720 and employs Virginia walnut veneer … 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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Picture This XXIX

There was a fashion in the late eighteenth-century to dress up oak case furniture with mahogany crossbanding; bureaux and bureau bookcases, low dressers, linen presses, mule chests and chests of drawers were amongst the recipients (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Mahogany-crossbanded … Continue reading

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A George II Ash Bureau – Part One

I have coveted this solid ash bureau (fig. 1) since the day I clapped eyes on it in a provincial English auction house nearly twenty years ago. Fig. 1. George II ash bureau, circa 1755. The bureau was in a … Continue reading

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A George III Mahogany Kneehole Desk – Part Five

The top proper consists of three 3/4″ (19mm) thick pine boards glued and rubbed together, which, once dry, was tidied and squared up. I formed the mahogany edge moulding and mitred and glued it around the top’s periphery. The crossbanding … Continue reading

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A George I Walnut Side Table – Part One

Despite not really having much room in the house for yet another table; from the moment I clapped eyes on this handsome little side table, I couldn’t resist having a go at making one. Its diminutive proportions (29-1/2″ [75 cm] … Continue reading

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