|Project by bbrown||posted 04-17-2015 12:54 AM||3583 views||31 times favorited||42 comments|
I wanted to try a few new techniques, so I chose to make another spice box, this one in the Wm. & Mary style. I used maple burl veneer for the drawer fronts. The legs are ‘ebonised’ in the distinctive Wm. & Mary style. The period would be around 1730, and this was something that might have been made in Chester County, Pennsylvania, my home (growing up).
Fairly unique to Chester Co. was the ‘line and berry’ inlay, using holly. I styled mine (on the inside of the doors) from a piece I saw at the Wintertur estate and museum in DE.
Drawer and lower apron are cock-beaded. The walnut for the apron cock beading was steamed (with a lobster boiler connected to a gas hose into a piece of PVC _ I used to use it for bending red oak for windsor chairs), then bent to shape in bending forms (see photo). I made a veneer press for this project that should be useful in the future. It’s just two triple thick slabs of MDF and some bowed cauls that I clamp in a sandwich. It worked great.
Primary wood is walnut. Inlay is holly and red cedar. Finish is shellac.
There are 5 secret compartments. It’s fun coming up with new ways to hide drawers.
Thanks for looking and God bless,
-- Forest, Virginia ; Micah 6:8