Connecticut Flat Top Highboy

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Project by philk posted 11-05-2015 02:37 PM 1617 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK OK, So It is complete except the fan carvings which I have been fretting over… I have never done fan or shell carving before, and have been practicing, I’m ready to make the jump to the real thing…
So this Highboy is from multiple designs…by Dennis Preston, with modifications to some of the joinery influenced by many others (Randall O’Donnell, Vandal,Norm Abram,others). Made from Cherry for the primary, and poplar for secondary. All the H/B dovetails cut by hand. The legs were my first attempt at Queen Anne style legs. Took two months making half a dozen practice legs, before I started the real ones. I don’t have lathe so the pad feet were done by hand. For the finish, I tried Charles Neil’s Blotch control which seemed to work really well, Lockwood Antique Cherry water based dye, and (sorry to all the purists), 6 coats of a wipe-on poly. Drawers are finished with shellac only. Half-mortise lock, pulls and escutcheons are from Horton-Brasses.. All in all not perfect…but very happy the way it came out…

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#1 posted 11-05-2015 03:35 PM

Absolutely beautiful! You did an amazing job. I look forward to seeing the shell carvings added to it.

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#2 posted 11-05-2015 03:49 PM

Thanks Bob, Hoping to get them carved, finished, and installed by Thanksgiving. Will post again. Thanks again for the kind words.

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#3 posted 11-05-2015 05:38 PM

Philk, you done very good. Looking forward to your future posts. Thanks for sharing and enjoy all the new storage space. Beautiful.

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#4 posted 11-05-2015 05:45 PM

Outstanding job Philk. Nice crisp looking dove tails, finish looks killer, what’s not to like. Well done.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 11-05-2015 09:07 PM

If I’d built that beauty, I’d call it done!

-- John

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#6 posted 11-05-2015 10:07 PM

Beautiful work, this is one stunning piece of furniture. Don’t be afraid of the carving, what’s the worst that could happen?, if you don’t like what you’ve done, start again. Just lost a small piece of cherry, and there’s more where that came from.
That’s the beauty of woodworking, always something new to try.
Are you putting drawers behind the carved panels? Love the cherry, my favorite wood.

-- "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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#7 posted 11-05-2015 11:14 PM

If I understand your question correctly, no the actual drawer fronts will be carved, the drawer parts are all dovetailed and the fronts ready for carving.

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#8 posted 11-06-2015 02:56 AM

Beautiful! I did a 1750 highboy for my daughter I also used Cherry as a primary and Popular as the secondary. I also used dye with a Lacquer finish they are a joy to do and you have done a beautiful job. The trick to the fan carving is the layout once you have a full size symmetrical layout and a ā€œVā€ tool you are off and running. I drew a scale fan print and transferred it to my Cherry blanks and carved and sanded away. Enjoy the grand finish on this family Heirloom.
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-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 11-06-2015 03:49 AM

Gorgeous work! I can’t wait to see it with the fans.

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

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#10 posted 11-06-2015 01:13 PM

Not perfect ? From these pictures, if it isn’t perfect what the hell is ? Get those carvings installed man, congratulations on a beautiful reproduction of a masterpiece. Thanks for the post !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#11 posted 11-06-2015 02:08 PM

Looks great.


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