Walnut COD – Done well before Christmas
I’m not just engaging in superficial anthropomorphism when I tell you that I’ve named this project “Morphy”. It’s been floating around here for so long that it’s become like a member of the family. I chose “Morphy” because during it’s short life it has gone from being one thing to quite another (more than once). But now Morphy is complete (except for shellacking the drawer interiors).
Morphy literally began as a set of feet. I had been intrigued by feet I had seen on a Georgian Secretaire. The sides were somewhat splayed which, I felt, made them look more “stream lined”. The splay is most evident when sighting across the resultant angle.
Morph’s feet are large. They would be better suited to a wider and deeper case, perhaps 48-54″ wide and 20″ deep (secretaire, chest on chest or a substantial bureau). Morph is more akin to a Bachelor’s chest, in stature. But remember, Morph started as a set of feet, proved to be far too deep for a bookcase then nearly became a TV stand before becoming a COD.
Morphy is more “period inspired” than period correct. While I did all of the joinery by hand, mouldings were built up from commercial router profiles. All of the casework parts were planed by hand as were drawer parts and backboards. That said, when it came to surfacing the top and drawer fronts, I called on Lester to come to my rescue. There’s just nothing like a 25″ sander, especially when you’re working up against a Christmas deadline.
I want to thank Jack Plane for his critique and suggestions as to top profiles. As you can see, I opted for the traditional “thumbnail and scotia”. I’d recommend that anyone with an interest in period furniture construction become very familiar with Mr. Plane and his excellent blog.
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