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This is a copy of the only known Philadelphia spice chest that is modeled after a highboy. The piece is constructed of mahogany with poplar secondaries. The color is achieved using water based analine dye and the finish is my typical shellac. There are no secret compartments in this spice chest. I’ve also made another version of this spice chest with a more ornately carved bottom apron. I’ll add more photos when I get the chance.
Ok, by popular demand (and the fact that I promised it) I’ve added more photos. The crotch door panels are resawn from a single solid crotch and then laminated to straight grained mahogany. I looked for a shot with some of the drawers open but don’t have any. You’ll just have to take my word for it that they are constructed with hand cut dovetails. Not owning, or knowing how to use a dovetail jig will do that to a person.
J.C., I’ll be waiting to hear more from you. You guys are good for my ego. Sometimes, when you make things like this on a daily basis, you take for granted how special it is to have the opportunity to make things like this on a daily basis. Everyone has had such kind words of encouragement that it makes me pause and realize how truly lucky I am to be able to make a living at my chosen profession. Thanks to all of you.
-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor