I knew this piece was old but didn’t realize the age range until I got it home and did some research through Google. Sorry, I don’t have an image of the appearance of the c
drawers when we
bought it. The structure of this piece was good, but the dark aged varnish,
broken pieces of veneer on the top and drawer fronts, really turned customers off.
This is what it looks like now after I sanded it back to its original wood at
the time it was built. hester
Some work had to be done to get the drawers to fit back flush around the drawer rims, but that was minor compared to getting all the broken veneer off the piece.
Lots of wood species were used back in the early days of furniture building. Poplar, pine, ash, and maple were the woods that were used together to construct a piece of furniture in the early days. As is the case here in this piece, pine was used for the drawer fronts, and poplar was used for the top, sides, legs, and drawers rims for this piece. Walnut, oak, mahogany, and cherry were seldom used together in the construction of furniture in the early days. Those woods were rare and not as plentiful as the ordinary woods. If one found antique furniture in the rare woods you could expect to pay much more money for those pieces.
I didn’t realize the beauty of the top until I removed all the dark varnish. It was solid popular in excellent condition, now back to its original appearance at construction.
What really attracted me to this c
drawers in the antique shop were the joints used for the construction of the drawers? I knew these dovetail joints were
used in early furniture construction but didn’t realize they dated back to the
late 1700s. This is not your common dovetail joint which was commonly used
throughout the 1800s and even in today’s furniture construction. This dovetail
joint was the first used in furniture construction back in colonial days; quite
a find for fifty bucks!!! hester
Stay tuned for its progress as Cathey will apply the stain and varnish to finish it.
Image of the same type dovetail joint of a drawer constructed in the 1700s