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Queen Anne Highboy

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Project by Matt Cremona posted 03-20-2018 12:14 AM 2214 views 6 times favorited 53 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A highboy has been on my bucket list for years as cabriole leg shaping is something that I really wanted to try. I wanted the highboy to resemble the secretary desk that I built a few years ago so many of the details on the highboy are fairly simple and not highly ornate. I used cherry for the primary wood, maple for the drawer boxes, and some really colorful birch for the drawer bottoms and backboards.

There are 11 dovetailed drawers and two hidden dovetailed drawers that are accessible by removing the center top drawer. The center drawers on the upper and lower case feature a fan carving. Three urns and flame finials top off the upper case and two drop finials hang from the lower case. The bonnet top is 1/8” stock that is bent and glued to the scroll board and bonnet supports.

One unique feature is the side returns are angled downwards instead of their top being square to the case. This happened as a result of a mistake I made when laying out the shape of the goosenecks but if I ever do this again, I will angle the returns downwards again. It’s a subtle detail but I absolutely love it.

Overall dimensions: 87” tall, 41” wide, 26” deep
Hardware from Horton Brasses
Finish is General Finishes Arm-r-Seal Semi-gloss

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com





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Mrowell

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#1 posted 03-20-2018 12:33 AM

This is a beautiful piece

-- Matt R

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#2 posted 03-20-2018 12:34 AM

Matt, this is AMAZING!!!! Also…first comment!! Woot woot

I got second comment… boo

-- "I only do what the voices in my wife's head tell her to tell me to do."

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shipwright

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#3 posted 03-20-2018 12:46 AM

Very nice. Classic elegance.
Well done.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Rich

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#4 posted 03-20-2018 12:49 AM

What an amazing piece. I saw bits and pieces of your build in your videos and it’s nice to see the final product.

-- 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 03-20-2018 12:49 AM

AWESOME….Great job !!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Matt Cremona

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#6 posted 03-20-2018 12:55 AM

Thank you!


This is a beautiful piece

- Mrowell


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#7 posted 03-20-2018 12:55 AM

haha thanks!!


Matt, this is AMAZING!!!! Also…first comment!! Woot woot

I got second comment… boo

- MatthewTruax


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#8 posted 03-20-2018 12:55 AM

Thank you!


Very nice. Classic elegance.
Well done.

- shipwright


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#9 posted 03-20-2018 12:55 AM

Thank you!!


What an amazing piece. I saw bits and pieces of your build in your videos and it s nice to see the final product.

- Rich


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#10 posted 03-20-2018 12:55 AM

Thank you!


AWESOME….Great job !!!!

- Kelster58


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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#11 posted 03-20-2018 01:23 AM

I love the carving. .....and the finials. ....and the cherry. ...oh hxxx, the whole thing is great!

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WeekendWoodworking

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#12 posted 03-20-2018 01:28 AM

Awesome Matt! Enjoy your YouTube posts, plan to start to watch the full build on the Wood Whisperer Guild. Have my ticket punched so ready to go!

-- Steve at WeekendWoodworking

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#13 posted 03-20-2018 01:45 AM

Fantastic piece of work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 03-20-2018 02:01 AM

That’s a real beauty Matt, what a great accomplishment! Learned a bunch from your videos also…thanks!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 03-20-2018 02:06 AM

I definitely wouldn’t kick it out the house to make way for distressed furniture:)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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