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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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outstanding !!
 

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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.
 

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That's beautiful. Really nice work there!
 

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

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

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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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Looks fantastic, the attention to detail is superb.
 

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Thanks for sharing! Excellent work!
 

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

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Wow.
Incredibly well done.
 

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Heirloom stuff.
 

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It took about 4 weeks total to complete, including the first week at the class, Woodworking Workshops of the Shenandoah Valley.

As for whether a smaller piece is more of a challenge than a larger piece: I guess it depends on what your prior experience is and the tools at hand. For me, since my workshop is so small and lacks a table saw, the smaller pieces are better suited.
 
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