Connecticut Lowboy

LowboyWhile simple to build, the details present a worthy challenge.

by Glen D. Huey
pages 26-33

While teaching a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, I was asked to sneak down to the Connecticut Historical Society to take a look around. At the museum, I was shown into a back room full of off-exhibit furniture. Halfway down the first row of shelving, a mixed-wood lowboy caught my eye. “What a great piece,” was all I could say. Mass photography began.

The drop pendants and drawer construction on this piece indicate it’s early Queen Anne. As I studied the images, I discovered what may be the easiest-to-build lowboy that I’ve ever seen. But if you dig into the details, you’ll find areas that test a seasoned furniture maker, such as applied cock beading and tapered drawer parts. Of course, these details can be omitted and the results would be still be top-shelf.

Video: Watch the author lay out and cut a cabriole leg using a table saw and band saw.
Blog: Discover the vast differences (and advances) in hardware found on early period furniture.
Blog: Read how tapered drawers are also found in the work of a Shaker craftsman.
To Buy: Get instruction, detailed step photos and a pattern to make your first cabriole leg.
In Our Store: Build a more upscale Queen Anne period dressing table, or lowboy.
SketchUp Model: Download a free 3D model of this project

From February 2014, issue #209

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