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Picture This XLV

A reader commented in Picture This XXV regarding the Elizabeth Carter bureau bookcase in Dr Johnson’s House in Gough Square, London. The location and design of the lopers in Carter’s bureau is unusual (fig.1). Fig. 1. Elizabeth Carter’s bureau bookcase. … 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 II Virginia Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Four

I prepared all the stuff for the drawers; rebated the sides for the bottoms, grooved the fronts for the bottoms and cut the dovetails. The boards for the drawer bottoms were planed down to 1/4″ thickness and rubbed together in … 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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