|Project by Dexter1||posted 01-25-2014 04:57 PM||1148 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
This is probably the piece of furniture that got me most interested in woodworking years ago. In 1976 during the Bi-Centennial, two friends, my wife at 5 months into her pregnancy of our first child and I went to Williamsburg, Monticello and Philadelphia for vacation. While in Philadelphia we went to the Franklin Institute. They had and still have a great collection of Philadelphia style period furniture. There were many highboys on display and several similar to this style. I liked this proportions and less decorated features of this style. Never did I imagine time would allow me to someday make one. It was built last year. All the cherry lumber in the piece, accept for the drawer fronts, was from trees I cut down on fence rows on our property. The finished is Moser Rustic Amber Maple water based dye, a thinned coat of orange shellac (these two steps really make the color look aged immediately) and a hand applied oil mixture topped with Renaissance wax. It stands in my daughters bedroom. She’s grown and on her own now and the thing has never been used. Just another item to add to the inevitable estate sale someday along with all the tools that made it.
-- Rex, Bellefonte, PA