Miniature Highboy

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Project by Elm55 posted 05-28-2018 04:20 AM 2043 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Miniature Highboy
Plans and instruction provided by Steve Hamilton and Jeff Headley at the Woodworking Workshop of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA
Wood: Cherry
Height: 29”
Legs: Cabriole, cut with bandsaw and shaped with rasp, file, spokeshave, scrapers.
Feet: Trifid, carved with gouges.
Carved concave center fan on bottom drawer.
Half-blind dovetails with thumbnail molding lipped drawer fronts.
Brasses: Ball & Ball
Mouldings cut with moulding planes and Stanley 55
Secret drawer at the top of the case.

This small project, while not conceptually difficult, helped me focus on some finer points like the carving of the legs, the fan, improving on dovetails and having a nice flow of the grain for the drawer fronts.

Note to my classmate MichaelT77. If you finish yours, you’ll be only the second person in the entire class to finish!

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#1 posted 05-28-2018 09:33 AM

outstanding !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 05-28-2018 11:44 AM

What an amazing project. I find making small dovetails to be much more difficult than sawing and chopping full sized ones. Especially the tails. Your fan carving is beautiful You did a wonderful job with each aspect of the Highboy.

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#3 posted 05-28-2018 12:36 PM

That’s beautiful. Really nice work there!

-- Elroy

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#4 posted 05-28-2018 01:38 PM

This is a beautiful piece and it displays a lot of nice design details and fine craftsmanship. Congratulations!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-28-2018 01:51 PM

Incredible workmanship!

How many hours do you think you have in it?

(and where did you install the cat in the project? 8^)

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#6 posted 05-28-2018 02:22 PM

a very beautiful piece …. no doubt it will be a family heirloom for many years to come ….. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#7 posted 05-28-2018 05:30 PM

Amazing work! I hope to have the time and patience to do something like this one day. It would be nice to have an heirloom piece to pass down.

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#8 posted 05-28-2018 05:39 PM

Looks fantastic, the attention to detail is superb.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 05-29-2018 12:18 AM

Thanks for sharing! Excellent work!

-- MAO (Indiana)

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#10 posted 05-29-2018 01:22 AM

Thanks for the comments

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#11 posted 05-29-2018 02:12 AM


-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 05-29-2018 03:10 AM

I’ll bet that was harder to make than the full size version.
Beautiful job.

-- Jeff NJ

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#13 posted 06-06-2018 12:34 PM

Incredibly well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 06-06-2018 01:03 PM

Beautiful work. Where did you attend a class?

-- Dvail12

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#15 posted 06-06-2018 01:04 PM

Heirloom stuff.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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