The time has finally come. I have been waiting almost 2 years for this. I have finally gotten everything off my plate and can now start my Chippendale Lowboy!
I have been saving magazines and books that have related builds in them.
The problem I have with them all is they are for Queen Anne lowboys. I want a Chippendale lowboy. Even though they are similar, I have found a few differences in them..
First and most obvious is the legs and feet. Cabriole vs. ball + claw.
I have also noticed that the ratio from leg to upper drawer portion tends to be different. Chippendale appears to me to have a 1:1 ratio while QA is more like 3:2? (I have never seen an antique up close, so I am likely wrong on several points..)
Chippendale also has carvings on the knees.
Centre drawer carvings? QA for the most part is the fan… Chip on the other hand.. there seems to be no limits. Personally, my wife suggested a lion’s face. Which I liked, so that is the plan so far.
And last… Chip just seems to be more aggressive with the curves and less… well I guess ‘elegant’ seems to be the only word I can think of.
Of course, step one is to make a scale drawing..
Step 2 is making a full scale cardboard drawing.. but because all the examples I have found in my books and such are all QA, I don’t have any paper examples at my disposal. And even though I have a few scale drawings of cabriole legs…. they are not the same size, ratio or shape of Chip legs, so I had to guess and draw a few patterns until I made one that I liked. I don’t have the lower apron figured out yet.
The biggest challenge in this build for me is going to be the carvings. Lions face and ball and claw. Thankfully at least I have a ball and claw casting that I bought from Mary May to help me out. The Lion… well my wife is a very talented drawer and is going to draw it for me… all I have to do is carve it…... (insert nervous laughter here)
I bought a bunch of 12/4 for the legs long ago and finally get to cut into it… but I have run into my first problem… I don’t have a large enough rip saw to rip the 7” wide board in half… so I used a friends table saw to cut almost all the way through..
A few min with my rip saw…
Now to joint the legs… but wait… the jointer plane I want is $400… I want the Veritas custom plane.. but that’s not going to happen right now, so I talked a friend of mine into selling me one of this 3 Stanley/bailey #7’s for cheap.
After taking it all apart to check its condition….
I dated it to 46 or 47, post war, corrugated sole and a broken tote. So it may take me a little while before I can get the after market PMV-11 blade and make a new tote and matching knob, so the legs are getting put aside for now. I will pick the rest of the material from my pile tomorrow and start making the top and sides, and picking the rest of the pieces, and get back to the legs when I have the plane set up and ready to go.
Thanks for checking in…..