Walnut Highboy

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Project by deermann posted 09-28-2012 10:29 PM 2470 views 8 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Queen Ann Highboy that I just finished. It is made of walnut with pine as the secondary wood. The drawer fronts are a highly figures walnut burl. It is finished with a medium brown walnut aniline dye with 2 coats of dewaxed shellac, several coats of wiping varnish and 3 coats of paste wax.

-- Isaac Mitchell, Anderson,Indiana,

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#1 posted 09-28-2012 10:53 PM

Nice looking Highboy

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 09-28-2012 11:39 PM

Excellent piece Isaac.
May I ask, is it a copy, an existing design or your original?
Your details are beautiful. Thanks for posting.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 09-28-2012 11:44 PM

Geez, what I would give for THAT much Walnut, PLUS the skills for building such a fine piece! WOW!

You dun’ good!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 09-28-2012 11:45 PM

Mr Mitchell, I cruise through this site about everyday and usually don’t have much to say. But every so often a project rears it’s head that really deserves praise. That High Boy is one of those projects. Absolutely beautiful.
you should be rightfully proud of it. Thanks for posting.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#5 posted 09-28-2012 11:53 PM

Nice piece ! Compares favorably to some of what I saw recently at Winterthur in Delaware.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 09-29-2012 12:23 AM

Now that is an heirloom piece if I ever saw one. Super nice attention to detail and fine execution. Especially love that walnut burl for the drawer fronts. Very classy!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#7 posted 09-29-2012 12:23 AM

Absolutely beautiful. That piece is way beyond my skill level. I admire guys like yourself who can create such things of beauty!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 09-29-2012 12:25 AM

beautiful workmanship, great piece of furniture

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 09-29-2012 12:55 AM

The design is a mix of designs from various pieces found in “Fine Points of Furniture” by Albert Sack. Great book!! The scroll design on the front is pretty standard for the period(the left and right pattern), the center scroll pattern I designed myself. The finials and knee block designs came from different pieces, and the proportionsand crown I came up with by just remaining true to the period and trusting the eye.Thank you for all of your nice comments!!!.....Isaac

-- Isaac Mitchell, Anderson,Indiana,

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#10 posted 09-29-2012 01:41 AM

Beautiful beautiful piece, great wood selection and very fine workmanship,a very big thumbs up.

-- wood crafting & classes

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#11 posted 09-29-2012 02:17 AM

A work of art.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#12 posted 09-29-2012 02:25 AM

Excellent work Isaac.
That piece would grace any room it’s placed in.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#13 posted 09-29-2012 03:20 AM

That’s really gorgeous

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 09-29-2012 03:29 AM

absolutely gorgeous. A fabulous piece and obvious great workmanship.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#15 posted 09-29-2012 03:32 AM

Wow. That is really a wonderful piece. A great inspiration.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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