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Finale Finally

My version of the Mason County KY Chest of Drawers.  Original by Gerrard Calvert circa 1795-1800 in the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winston-Salem, NC. Cherry and Poplar.  Shellac and Wax finish. This was a fun project.   I didn’t … Continue reading

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Drawer Bedazzlement

The last piece of the puzzle has been completed over the last few weeks, as I’ve stolen a few hours here and there.  When last I posted, the drawers had been fitted and trimmed out.  The last major step then … Continue reading

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Makin’ Drawers

We are getting into the homestretch.  Drawers.  Five of them, graduated.  The top one is weirdly shallow – perhaps we will fill it with handkerchiefs – people still use those, right? The design of the original drawers is pretty straight … Continue reading

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Fans and Paterae

The base of this Chest of Drawers is pretty well covered with a big fan, two smaller oval paterae, and a simple banding along the top.  I was seriously sick about two weeks ago (’tis the season) and didn’t even … Continue reading

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Top Banding

With major carcass construction complete it’s time to finish up the inlays and banding.  First up is the top “molding” which is really just a build up of banding and cross banding.  Very simple but as I started to build … Continue reading

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Bellflower Crazy

One of the distinctive parts of the chest of drawers I’m building is the outrageous number of inlaid bellflowers on the canted corners.  They go on for days.  I’m not sure the distinction, but there’s one inverted single bellflower, with … Continue reading

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Standing on Bandy Legs

The holidays are over and finally I’ve been able to get back into my shop.  I did make a small Shaker carrier for the street Christmas gift exchange and one to spare (see Becksvoort’s piece in a recent FWW).  Oh, … Continue reading

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