Queen Anne lowboy

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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 11-01-2017 02:19 AM 1787 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished it. Only took 3 1/2 months, some sort of record for me!

I did it in walnut, as I had some nice pieces for the top. The original from the 1790’s was mahogany. This was my first try at trifid feet, and they turned out fine. The legs are considerably slimmer than other QA legs I have done, so it required more care in shaping. I recessed the aprons 3/16” from the faces of the legs simply because I like the depth it gives. I used flush fitting drawers and added a cockbead molding in order to use veneer on the drawer fronts. The dovetails are hand cut.

This piece was constructed to go in a local historic site, a mansion built by a Cherokee chieftan in 1804, so the period had to be correct.

In the interest of tradition, I used a number of antique tools; one of the spokeshaves used on the legs was my great-grandfather’s, as was the Stanley #5 and the dividers (seen in the hanging tool cabinet), all 100+ years old – he lived on a hill 1/2 mile from the site. The tenons for the sides were cut with a 1910 vintage Stanley #78. Some of the carving chisels were 1800’s vintage. I used hide glue throughout, which is now my go-to product; I just like the way it works.

I used drawer slips and solid bottoms, as were common on English antiques of that period.

I did cheat a bit on the knee blocks. I am always concerned about carving them after assembly, so I dry assembled the case, glued the blocks onto the legs and disassembled. Then carved them out on the legs clamped in a 48” Bessy clamp held in the vise. That setup had worked great while carving the feet so I used it on the knee blocks. I used the oscillating spindle sander (shhhh!) on the underside curve.

I also cheated on the drawer sides. I didn’t want the little bit of stain on the walnut to get on the poplar, so I stained the fronts before assembling the drawers.

I would love to do another of these in mahogany; I would do a lot of things differently – I suppose that happens to us all. A second go at it would take about 1/2 the time.

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#1 posted 11-01-2017 02:25 AM

Outstanding piece of furniture. Definitely an heirloom. Thanks for sharing your hard work and craftsmanship.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 11-01-2017 02:51 AM

well carey there are wood projects and there are what you just did! this isn’t just top 3 its top 3 for the month or more!.this what every wood jock on this forum wants to achieve buddy,whether they admit it or not.a piece of wood with handles screwed on doesn’t quiet compete with this.nice job,hell no,spectacular chraftsmanship my man!high five!hell its what I want to achieve,someday!!!congrats my man.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 11-01-2017 04:18 AM

Yeah, that makes me jealous.

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#4 posted 11-01-2017 04:38 AM

That is a stunning piece in every way. Just an amazing piece of furniture.

+1 on the hide glue BTW. I love the stuff.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 11-01-2017 04:41 AM


-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#6 posted 11-01-2017 10:25 AM

Excellent work. Is there a lock on the top drawer?

-- Petey

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#7 posted 11-01-2017 10:39 AM

Beautiful piece of work and excellent attention to detail – well done!

-- Handcrafted by RJ Paquin - Yooper

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#8 posted 11-01-2017 11:08 AM

Simply stunning

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#9 posted 11-01-2017 11:09 AM

Wonderful Workmanship….a top project.

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#10 posted 11-01-2017 11:13 AM

Bravo, ! this is ’’fine wood working ’’ a level I would like to reach.
Very nicely done, exquisite is the right word.
Keep on making sawdust,

-- andrek

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#11 posted 11-01-2017 11:48 AM

Wow! Superb craftsmanship. I love it.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#12 posted 11-01-2017 12:06 PM

Carey. You have created a gorgeous piece. I would like to make this build and could only hope to achieve something close to your result. I would like to know what materials and finishes you used. Thank you for sharing.

-- AJ

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#13 posted 11-01-2017 12:09 PM

Fantastic craftsmanship on the lowboy, Congrats!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 11-01-2017 03:38 PM

Beautiful work!!

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#15 posted 11-01-2017 04:33 PM

Totally awesome in every respect.

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