|Project by merlin||posted 2139 days ago||1501 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
This French Canadian reproduction armoire took me all of last summer to complete. I used eastern white pine throughout and finished the armoire in milk paint and linseed oil. The original piece is in a museum in Quebec City and is considered to be an excellent North American example of the French Louis XV style. I followed the original techniques using wooden pegs and mortise and tenon construction. The carcass is based on the European post and rail construction methods. For example, the gables are made of 5 floating panels. The doors have organic shapes with “sticking” (using the router) on all stiles and rails. There’s alot of simple chip carving involved to achieve the conches, sea shells and guilloche (rope pattern). I enjoyed the challenge and learned much in the process.
-- Gary, Montreal, Canada, www.merlinwood.com