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Pegs and 'Tails

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Seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English and Irish furniture &c.
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Six

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:29pm
Eighteenth-century bow and serpentine drawer fronts were constructed in a number of ways: The most basic method was to simply saw the sweeping shape out of the solid (fig. 1). The other technique was to laminate the drawer fronts using … Continue reading
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Picture This CV

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 7:55pm
… where decay and fashion collide. Joyner-made late seventeenth-century chests of drawers employed pegged, frame and panel construction methods, adapted from coetaneous building technology. The four stiles extended beneath the base moulding, raising the carcase clear of uneven, damp floors … Continue reading
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Five

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 3:33pm
I prepared the triangular packers for the recesses in the canted corners and sawed the frets out of pre-sized 1/8″ (3.2mm) thick veneer (fig. 1). Fig. 1. Walnut packers and frets. Once the corner packers were glued in place, I … Continue reading
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One Million

Sun, 02/26/2017 - 11:38am
I began this blog on the 14th of September 2009 primarily to keep my family apprised of my activities. The power of Google slowly started directing strangers to my blog from all corners of the globe and then one day, … Continue reading
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Picture This CIV

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 7:53pm
A simple, stylish eighteenth-century comb-back Windsor chair comprising a D-shaped seat, one-piece bent arm, blade arm posts, plain crest rail and Goldsmith-esque legs with H-pattern stretchers. The seat, arm and crest rail appear to be sycamore and the remainder is … Continue reading
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Four

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 8:41pm
I don’t have any images of the rear of the original walnut chest; however, roughly thirty years ago I restored a chest of remarkably similar quality and construction (though of mahogany) which had an oddly asymmetrical three-panel pine back. I … Continue reading
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Picture This CIII

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 7:02pm
Like the George III mahogany serpentine chest of drawers in Cross-Grained Mouldings, this unusual little mahogany chest-on-chest from the third quarter of the eighteenth-century displays an out-of-period cross-grained moulding (figs. 1 & 2) – one of the latest examples of … Continue reading
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Cursed!

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 8:32pm
Seventeenth-century Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog landed on the west coast of Australia on the 25th of October 1616 (only the second European to do so). Having tarried merely three days on the continent, he set sail again writing in his … Continue reading
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Patches

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 5:04pm
No, not the Fentanyl patches that some of us stick on our upper arms… nor even those patches applied to furniture by restorers to effect repairs; I am talking about the patches that were let into veneered (and on occasion, … Continue reading
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Three

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 9:36pm
The walnut cross-grain moulding was formed along the serpentine front edge of the carcase’s baseboard prior to assembling the carcase (fig. 1). Fig. 1. The cross-grain moulding already opening up in the 41° (106°F) heat. I cut the one-sided dovetail … Continue reading
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Picture This CII

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 4:40pm
This ash comb-back Windsor chair (fig. 1) is unusual in several respects, not least of which is the circular seat (fig. 2) which is of ash rather than the more traditional elm. Also, the bent arm is exceptionally broad. Fig. … Continue reading
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part Two

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 5:14pm
I don’t have historic patterns for this precise chest of drawers, so the first few hours of the job were absorbed in making patterns for the serpentine carcase and drawer fronts, cock-beading, serpentine base moulding and bracket feet. The individual … Continue reading
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A George II Walnut Serpentine Chest – Part One

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 7:59pm
Towards the close of the seventeenth-century, rather heavy, solid wainscot (oak) furniture gave way to refined European walnut chairs, tables, mirrors and walnut-veneered wainscot and deal (pine) casework etc. Joined oak furniture was attractive enough, but somewhat workman-like and couldn’t … Continue reading
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Happy New Year

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 10:38am
Happiness, health and prosperity to all in 2017. Jack PlaneFiled under: Distractions
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Season’s Bleatings

Tue, 12/27/2016 - 5:44pm
The setbacks and frustrations have been several this year; a few have been unavoidable due to health issues, but others could and should have been avoided. Of these, the year’s greatest disappointment has been the loss of the entire text … Continue reading
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Season’s Greetings

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 10:41am
Whatever your persuasion and situation, I wish you all well during the festive season. Jack PlaneFiled under: Uncategorized
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