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Saturday, April 16, 2011

English Regency Mahogany Chest of Drawers (ca. 1810) Part 2

I recently completed the English Regency chest of drawers I have been working on. The results were quite nice, as can be seen by the photo above. One interesting fact about this chest is that it contains no less than eight distinct different types of wood. The top is veneered with Honduran Mahogany, with Rosewood and Holly accents and a band of Yew around the perimeter. The drawer fronts and veneered drawer dividers are veneered with Cuban Mahogany, with inlay of Boxwood and Holly, and cross banding of Rosewood. The case is made up of Spanish Cedar or Cedrela, a tree in the Mahogany Family that has a fragrance and is commonly used in cigar Humidors. The Secondary wood on the case is pine. This piece is very nice and well worthy of restoration. Below are the rest of the photos of the repair and restoration followed by some additional photos of the completed chest.

The next three photos show the patching of a damaged drawer side. After the patch was glued in place it was touched up to match the oxidized pine drawer side.

This photo shows the replacement of a piece of missing quarter round on the inside of a drawer.
This photo shows the chest stained and ready to have finish applied. I matched lighter sections to the natural color of the drawer fronts.
The next two photos show the brass pulls before and after cleaning.
The customer requested a piece of glass for the top to protect the finish. I left the glass off of the piece for the completed photos but show it in place in the two photos below. The edges were softened and the glass was suspended on six plastic transparent feet which rest on the top of the chest.

The last few photos show the completed chest from several angles and some close ups of the top and the inlaid urn in the top.


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