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William and Mary Highboy

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Project by acanthuscarver posted 04-16-2008 11:34 PM 6550 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another one of my signature pieces. The piece was copied from an original in a museum. The legs, stretchers and case sides are in maple. The drawer fronts and front apron parts are veneered in walnut burl. All the moldings are made from solid walnut. The secondary woods are mahogany and poplar. The brasses are made for me in England. The finish is a layered analine dye under an oil based stain, then shellac is applied for the final finish. Only had two pictures of the piece. Hope you enjoy it.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor





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GaryK

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#1 posted 04-16-2008 11:38 PM

A great looking piece! Looks like lots of work went it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Kerry

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#2 posted 04-16-2008 11:47 PM

That’s quite a masterpiece! I’m just now reading Jeff Greene’s book on 18th century American furniture, and this looks like it could have come from those pages. Wish I could see it in person – you did a great job.

Cheers,
Kerry

-- Alberta, Canada

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teenagewoodworker

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#3 posted 04-17-2008 12:05 AM

wow that is amazing. I love the walnut burl. thanks for the post.

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juniorjock

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#4 posted 04-17-2008 12:37 AM

Great piece of furniture Chuck. I went to look at your bio and with 30 years of woodworking, I have to ask….. how old were when you started??.... three or four? Just kidding, you look so young in the photo. I guess that’s a good thing. This really is a fantastic piece. Thanks for the post and I’m looking for to seeing more from you. If you’ve got the desire to teach, I have the desire to learn.
JJ

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motthunter

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#5 posted 04-17-2008 12:39 AM

yet another amazing piece. you do great work

-- making sawdust....

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 04-17-2008 12:56 AM

Another fantastic reproduction, Chuck!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Marco Cecala

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#7 posted 04-17-2008 01:02 AM

Well I’m speechless. Any idea on the hours to complete?

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BobR

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#8 posted 04-17-2008 02:21 AM

Beautiful work. As Kerry said, would be great to see the actual item.

-- Bob

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pashley

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#9 posted 04-17-2008 02:42 AM

What, you didn’t custom-cast your own brass hardware? Terribly disappointed!

LOL….just kidding. Very nice, sir.

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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ND2ELK

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#10 posted 04-17-2008 03:07 AM

Equisite work as always. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Paul D

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#11 posted 04-17-2008 03:22 AM

Your work is off the charts, period. Nuff said …

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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grovemadman

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#12 posted 04-17-2008 04:08 AM

This sets the standard: The height of excellence! The wood is beautiful, the finish is great and the craftsmanship is awesome.

-- --Chuck

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acanthuscarver

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#13 posted 04-17-2008 04:20 AM

Thanks to everyone for their compliments. I’ll try to answer a few of the questions and comment on some of the things you all brought up as well as adding some additional background information.

First, a fair amount of time did go into the piece. The first time I made this highboy, I made two of them. One for the customer and one for me. Which brings up the answer to a couple of the comments posted. If you’re in the Philly area, and want to visit, please give a call and drop in. I still have my copy of the highboy which means, if you do visit, you can actually see one of these in real life. I’ve built three or four more since that original run. The first two, however, are still my favorites. I spent about 80 hours just making herring bone inlay for those two. The last one of these highboys I built took about three or four weeks to build in its entirety.

JJ, I’m older than I look but to clarify, I got my first taste of woodworking when I was 10 or 11 but I consider my actual start when I was 12. That’s when I got serious about it. I do teach and you are welcome anytime. I’ll try to get around to working on a blog that lays out some of my woodworking history as well as some of the better stories from all those years of professional woodworking. Hopefully, it’ll be something you will find interesting. My website has several planned expansions that will include a weekly blog and some tips and techniques, I just have to get the time to get them up and running. Until then, I’ll keep exploring and posting here. This is a pretty good place to be. Thanks to all you LJs for making me feel at home.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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Davesfunwoodworking

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#14 posted 04-17-2008 07:32 AM

Now this is one of the best!!!!!! I think you are a great master craftsman. Very nice what a great job.

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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jockmike2

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#15 posted 04-17-2008 11:30 AM

Beautiful as always, defines excellence. You truly are a master craftsman. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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