Connecticut Lowboy

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Project by mpm3 posted 05-02-2017 09:09 PM 1387 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our local woodworker’s guild decided on Glen Huey’s Connecticut Lowboy from a 2014 Poplar Woodworking article for a group build in January. I decided on walnut (basically because I had the 12/4 necessary for the legs) although we also had members use cherry, sapele and mahogany. Fortunately, we have a talented woodworker that served as our mentor through the build process. Build went fairly well and we followed Mr. Huey’s plans pretty closely although we changed the legs slightly at the point where they connect with the bottom molding and we didn’t angle the drawer sides as he describes in the article. This was my first attempt at cabriole legs and really any amount of carving in a project. Pretty happy with the results. This furniture style is not really my style but I wanted to try it at least once and it fits in with the foyer in the house. Walnut with poplar secondary wood, finish is BLO followed by a wiping varnish and a coat of black wax.

-- Matt

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#1 posted 05-02-2017 09:14 PM

beautiful ….no doubt will turn into a very nice family heirloom….... GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 05-02-2017 09:14 PM

I love what you traditional woodworkers do to show us how it is supposed to be done! I am slowly getting there – but have a long way to go before I try something like that. Classic design and beautiful job! I look forward to someday approaching that kind of skill!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#3 posted 05-02-2017 09:34 PM

Matt, that is really lovely. Those classic designs are something I want learn. I really envy your talent being able to build such a wonderful piece.

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#4 posted 05-03-2017 12:26 AM

absolutely beautiful … gr8 work !!!!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#5 posted 05-03-2017 12:48 AM


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#6 posted 05-03-2017 01:14 AM

looks awesome!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#7 posted 05-03-2017 01:58 AM

Classic design. Excellent attention to detail

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 05-03-2017 03:15 AM


-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 05-03-2017 11:51 AM

Pretty cool, nice job.

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#10 posted 05-03-2017 12:13 PM

Showy piece. It simply isn’t true that “They just don’t make them like they used to anymore.” Here’s proof it’s still being done.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#11 posted 05-03-2017 01:06 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful piece and it displays a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 05-03-2017 01:33 PM

Very nice!

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#13 posted 05-03-2017 07:50 PM

Beautiful Lowboy! I’ve not seen one in walnut, and it looks great. Superb work that’ll get handed down to future generations!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#14 posted 05-03-2017 08:28 PM

Beautiful! That looks great!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#15 posted 05-03-2017 11:18 PM

That is incredible work, well done. The legs seem impossible to get symmetrical.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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