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3-Chest Mahogany Travelling Set (circa 1720)

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Project by Art posted 04-10-2018 07:46 AM 905 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this reproduction from a piece that I saw in a historic house in Charleston, SC.

It consists of 3 stacked chests that were used independently for travel. The base stays behind when the large (lower) chest is used. I used mahogany, rubbed oil finish and tried to get as close to period brass hardware as I could.

It always amazes me to think that the craftsmen of those days built these pieces without power. I used power and machines to make this and it was still a challenge.

-- Arthur T., Pringle Braai Furniture, South Africa, [email protected] A lion leaves its skin when it dies....





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 10:37 AM

Good job, Art. Are the drawers dovetailed? This is akin to the Jefferson Boxes I built for my library. Kudos!

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swirt

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 12:28 PM

Very well done. They look great.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 04-10-2018 01:18 PM

Very well done !!

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#4 posted 04-10-2018 02:44 PM

Beautiful job. I too would like to see the drawers. Not only the craftsmanship of days gone by is amazing but I could just hear the wife say, “Ok just grab the small chest, we won’t be gone that long”.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 04-10-2018 02:53 PM

Beautiful workmanship, your skill is amazing. Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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Art

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#6 posted 04-10-2018 03:08 PM



Good job, Art. Are the drawers dovetailed? This is akin to the Jefferson Boxes I built for my library. Kudos!

- Ron Aylor

Hi Ron, didn’t dovetail the drawers…...mortise and tenon. That’s probably being lazy but I’m not confident in my dovetailing skill and didn’t want to screw it up.

-- Arthur T., Pringle Braai Furniture, South Africa, [email protected] A lion leaves its skin when it dies....

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Art

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#7 posted 04-10-2018 03:09 PM



Beautiful workmanship, your skill is amazing. Thanks for inspiring

- Joe

Thanks Joe!

-- Arthur T., Pringle Braai Furniture, South Africa, [email protected] A lion leaves its skin when it dies....

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#8 posted 04-11-2018 08:01 PM

Really great work! Nice to see furniture on LJ.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 04-12-2018 02:22 AM

Well done, I have not seen one of these for years

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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Art

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#10 posted 04-12-2018 04:12 AM

Norman, love your quote!

-- Arthur T., Pringle Braai Furniture, South Africa, [email protected] A lion leaves its skin when it dies....

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#11 posted 04-13-2018 12:53 AM

Very nice. I love the mahogany, it finished up beautifully.

-- AJ

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