Tag Archives: drawer construction

Picture This CXXXII

This chest-on-chest was made at a time when mahogany’s adoption was virtually universal and walnut’s quondam reign was all but over. Fig. 1. George II walnut chest-on-chest, circa 1750. The rather tardy use of walnut is not the only behindhand … Continue reading

Posted in Antiques, Furniture Timbers | Tagged , | 7 Comments

Picture This CXIII

What’s going on here? George III mahogany chest, circa 1770. (Christian Davies) Jack Plane

Posted in Antiques | Tagged | 28 Comments

A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Six

Eighteenth-century bow and serpentine drawer fronts were constructed in one of two ways: The most basic method was to simply saw the sweeping shape out of the solid (fig. 1). The other technique (to minimise distortion and ultimately, poor fit) … Continue reading

Posted in Case Furniture, Drawers | Tagged , | 12 Comments

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

Posted in Antiques, Drawers, Techniques | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Drawer Front Dovetail Evolution

Until the mid-seventeenth-century, drawer sides were normally nailed into rebates cut in the ends of the drawer fronts (figure 1). All that prevented such a drawer front from being torn from the drawer when the handles were pulled were two … Continue reading

Posted in Drawers | Tagged , | 22 Comments

Constructing a Mid-Eighteenth-Century Drawer

Drawers went through several evolutionary phases (more on them, perhaps, in a later post) before arriving at this apotheosis, circa 1725, and continuing with just two changes (a mid-century 90° rotation of the drawer bottoms and a minor change to the … Continue reading

Posted in Drawers | Tagged , , , | 17 Comments