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The cover story for the October 2017 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine – a Swedish gateleg table – can be read and downloaded for free here. No catch. No gimmicks. No registration. Just click it and read it. I built this gateleg table earlier this year and based my version on dozens of examples I dug up from the historical record. From looking at the table, you might think that the […]
After an astonishing amount of work from people on two continents – not to mention hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment – a surprise showed up at the front door today.
It was a FedEx driver in a big truck. Sign this, he said. And then five boxes were sitting on the front step. Inside were the first copies of the deluxe version of “With All the Precision Possible: Roubo on Furniture.” It’s the biggest (physical and mental) thing we’ve ever published at Lost Art Press. It’s also the most expensive book we’ve ever made (and probably ever will make).
The book is now sitting in front of me, and I’m still a bit bewildered. It’s like our deluxe edition of “Roubo on Marquetry” (now sold out) but more than twice as thick.
I’ll have more to report on the book as we get it into the mail to all the customers who ordered pre-publication copies. And we’ll definitely have copies to show off at the next open day on Saturday, Sept. 9.
— Christopher Schwarz, christophermschwarz.com
P.S. FYI, this book is available for worldwide delivery. Choose “Outside USA” when checking out and we’ll contact you about the actual delivery charges to your address.
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Due to the excitement from The Eclipse Event of 2017, I wasn’t sure I would be able to do a blog today. Locally, the eclipse was only partial enabling me to recover more quickly than expected.
I’m OK. now.
Wandering through my favorite auction gallery, I came across this piece:
Antique Continental Inlaid Dressing Table
Description: 18th century, mixed woods, reverse bookmatched veneered top with geometric banded inlaid edge, two cock beaded drawers, with barber pole banded inlay, raised on later cabriole legs with block feet.
Size: 29 x 29 x 17.5 in.
Condition: Later legs; insect damage; shrinkage crack to top with areas of fill; retains likely original pulls.
I opened one of the drawers with end-grain veneer and barber pole banded inlay and was surprised to not see dovetails. My first thought was the applied cockbeading might be covering the dovetails, but that was not the case. It is unusual for a table of this quality not to have dovetailed drawers. Rare but not unheard of.
Looking for more construction details, I pulled out the other drawer:
I checked the opposite side of the first drawer and found dovetails:
I went back and looked at the first side of the first drawer and found that:
I’m figuring the thin pins failed and the drawer side was replaced with one nailed on.
There was another piece there that I ignored at first:
Georgian Hepplewhite One Drawer Server
Description: Early 19th century, mahogany, oak secondary, bow front, single drawer with ebony line inlay to edge, banded line inlay to skirt and square tapered legs raised on brass casters.
Size: 29 x 36 x 19 in.
Condition: Later top; some inlay loss and other restoration.
I had ignored it because the top looked too new and was glued up from several narrow boards. The top had no profile or decoration applied, just a plain edge, similar to today’s Bassett or Ethan Allen furniture.
Just to validate my dismissal of this server as new, I looked at a drawer and saw this:
That’s when I checked the catalog and saw that (part of) it was 200 years old.
Not something I wanted. It did find a home for $130.
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