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Project by RogerM posted 08-05-2020 08:30 PM 1050 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Townsend Newport High Chest based on a very old design developed by Christopher Townsend (1701-1773) whose shop and furniture facilities was located in Newport, Rhode Island.

This Chest, often referred to as a High Boy, is made of Curly Maple as the dominant primary wood. It was made for my wife for Christmas last year. It was hand sanded, dyed, and finished with linseed oil, shellac, polyurethane varnish, and finishing wax in a manner that enhances the figured in maple. The secondary woods are Hickory, Slippery Elm and Soft Maple. All of the drawer sides are Hickory and all of the drawer slides are Slippery Elm which were selected for their hardness, strength, and smooth finish.

The cabinet utilizes 5 different types of dovetail joints, single and double mortise and tenon joints, and floating mortise and tenon joints. All joints in the drawers are dovetail joints. My wife tells me that there are over 200 separate dovetails in this chest.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#1 posted 08-05-2020 09:32 PM

so this was not your project ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 08-05-2020 09:42 PM

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#3 posted 08-05-2020 11:28 PM

that’s beautiful, you can be very proud of that work.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 08-06-2020 01:22 AM

Oh my gosh! What a stunning piece. Your wife must be so very proud and grateful of you, your craftsmanship and love for her!

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#5 posted 08-06-2020 02:19 AM

Wow that looks great. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 08-06-2020 04:11 AM

so this was not your project ?

- pottz

After reading that is kinda what I got. It’s a super nice chest though.

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#8 posted 08-06-2020 11:00 AM

You did an amazing job and a beautiful piece of furniture.

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#9 posted 08-06-2020 11:02 AM

Outstanding. I build a linen press very similar to that.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 08-06-2020 11:54 AM

Beautiful High Boy, excellent craftsmanship. the curly maple is superb. I like Christopher Townsend designs and his work he was a very accomplished craftsman. One can never fully appreciate work and skills the it takes to produce a work like this until you have done one. Great job on a Beautiful High Boy.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 08-06-2020 11:56 AM

Beautiful, Congrats on a job well done.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 08-06-2020 01:33 PM

Thank you all for the kind compliments. They are really appreciated. I have been working on this for about 18 months in between 5 dental implants and some cancer treatments. It was a very much overdue Christmas gift for my wife. Except for the Curly Maple, all of the other wood came from trees from around the area in which I live.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#13 posted 08-06-2020 06:35 PM

Congratulations on your achievement despite your own trials and tribulations. I understand the desire to create a masterpiece to represent your life’s work. Well done, sir!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#14 posted 08-07-2020 07:03 AM

Rodger, your a great furniture builder. Even through your struggles you built a master piece.

Only a small percentage of people on the planet could have accomplished it.

I know you won’t worry about the doubting Thomases.
Their always looking for chinks in greatness. We don’t have to wonder why.
I would proud to be your friend.

-- James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 08-07-2020 12:07 PM

Roger, that’s a beautiful piece and quite an achievement! Congratulations. It’s nice to see a South Carolina woodworker posting here. I live in Columbia.

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