Philadelphia Dressing table

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Project by chobbs66 posted 06-19-2009 11:54 PM 2256 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The chairs were well received so I figured I would post another:

This is a Philadelphia Dressing table, modeled after an existing high chest in the Chipstone collection. I took some other lowboys and scaled my dimensions proportionally from there. I built this one in 2006, with the goal of building something to practice my carving skills.

Dimensions: 31 1/4” high, by 21” deep, by 35” wide.

Materials: Mahogany and white pine as secondary, Hardware from Ball and Ball

Finish: Water based aniline dye and shellac

It was a fun project, that took quite a bit of time and effort, but was definitely worth it.

Thanks for checking it out, Cal

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#1 posted 06-20-2009 12:06 AM

Absolutely beautiful.What color and brand of aniline dye?

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#2 posted 06-20-2009 12:22 AM

Really nice! Just gorgeous!

-- Rick

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#3 posted 06-20-2009 12:34 AM

Another super project, This dressing table looks wonderful.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-20-2009 12:47 AM

beautifull work !
i don;t have the patience for that ,
my hat is off to you !
thanks .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 06-20-2009 01:12 AM

Absolutely top-notch A-1 beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

-- Joe,Texas,

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#6 posted 06-20-2009 01:51 AM

Outstanding piece of work!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 06-20-2009 02:06 AM

You might just have have a smidgen of talent for this sort of thing. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-20-2009 02:32 AM

This is magnificent work!

Thanks for an enjoyable experience.

-- Not my woodworking

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#9 posted 06-20-2009 03:44 AM

This is what I call top notch wood working. Very nice work. I hope every one gets a chance to see this before it moves off the project page

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#10 posted 06-20-2009 04:12 AM

Very nice work, all that carving is beautiful. Thanks for posting

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 06-20-2009 04:20 AM

Thats a great project. Beautiful job there mate.

Would love to see the series of photos that came to this completed piece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 06-20-2009 05:06 AM

Stunning work Cal.. please start a blog or post of how you did all this..I would love to hear how you did the legs with the pillars in them..

-- Randall Child

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#13 posted 06-20-2009 11:16 AM

A wonderful piece. I loved the carving. Top notch!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 06-20-2009 04:31 PM

Great attention to detail Chobbs….....well done.

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#15 posted 06-20-2009 04:38 PM

Great job!! The ball & Claw feet are carved superbly.

-- Dennis Zongker

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