Video Tour of the "Line & Berry Chest"

The cover project for the December 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is a Line & Berry Chest built by Senior Editor Glen D. Huey. This chest is a traditional design from the Chester County area of Pennsylvania and is what Glen refers to as a transitional piece. It’s transitional because it has some elements of the William & Mary furniture style as well as the Queen Anne period.

Last week, Glen and I took a quick trip to his shop in West Chester so he could explain some of the details about the piece. By far the most interesting features of this traditional piece of furniture are the non-traditional techniques used. For one, Glen beefed up the construction of the project by using stronger joints to provide more support. But the most impressive technique Glen used was when making the show-stopping line & berry inlay on the drawer fronts. Watch the video below and let us know what you think of the project.

The December 2010 issue will be arriving in subscriber’s mailboxes this week. But if you’re not a subscriber, you can pick up the issue on newsstands November 30.

Besides the impressive cover project, you’ll also learn to build a Victorian Side Table, a Greene & Greene frame, and a useful English Layout Square. Plus you’ll learn essential techniques for cross-grain construction, using stain on projects, ageing your projects and making simple patterns in veneer. For a complete list of articles and a broad selection of online extras, visit the December 2010 page.

P.S. Glen’s forthcoming DVD on making inlay with a router will be available for pre-order at the beginning of December, and will ship in late December.

– Drew DePenning

Additional Resources:

• Read Glen’s blog entry about the chest.

• Pick up the compilation of our best router techniques on “The Complete Guide to Routers” CD. Right now it’s only $19.99.

• Download the SketchUp model of this project.

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