|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 10-04-2011 09:38 PM||5428 views||26 times favorited||61 comments|
The present piece of furniture is not a copy of any ancient highboy. It is just inspired by some Web photos of Philadelphia Highboys (I live in Brazil) and its actual size is about half of the original one. The whole project was designed by me for utilitarian purpose and aimed at the watch collectors’ market.
I know that every watch collector is very proud of his (or her) asset and that he (or she) would like to keep all watches together although well organized by classes. In this miniature cabinet the watches may be deliberately displayed to the admirers by just pulling the six smooth running drawers, but all watches are kept far from indiscreet viewers whenever the drawers are shut and locked. Any collector would love to house his beloved collection in a most distinguished, handy and safe cabinet instead of in several small-sized watch boxes, especially for safety purpose.
In addition to the six front drawers, this cabinet has two secret and large compartments (also key locked) destined to conceal the most valuable watches, if convenient. All compartments are completely blue velvet lined. The highboy was entirely handmade of solid mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) that I bought in March 1989, which wood has been naturally air drying since then (22 years by now: what a treasure!). The intricate bas-relief carvings on the bonnet, apron and claw-and-ball legs were really hand carved on single blanks of wood, meaning that their backgrounds were actually excavated and carefully leveled (3/16” deep).
Reminding you that my workshop is stuffed into a tiny 6’ x 7’ walk-in closet and that I have no power tools – except for an electric hand drill, I am proud to say that I built the whole cabinet using the genuine 18th century woodworking techniques, which means the utilization of hand saws, bow saws, hand planes, rasps, chisels and gouges only. Even the “turned” finials and mouldings were actually hand carved, as you can see in the photos.
I had better not to darken the wood but to preserve the mahogany natural color in order to make easier its integration into many decorative styles. Thus, the finishing was done with light nitrocellulose sealer and wax only.
So, this small sized and light weighted highboy can fit in the most convenient spot of home or office. I also built a mahogany low table intended to stand this miniature highboy at the adequate level for usage and observation. It can be used as a book shelf as well.
As far as I know this project is worldwide unique and I believe it will satisfy the watch collector’s expectations.
Dimensions: 50” high x 24 ½” wide x 13 ½” deep
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