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Goddard-Townsend-Style Fall-Front Secretary

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Woodworker: Carl Glassman

While building this reproduction Goddard-Townsend fall-front secretary, Glassman, an 83-year-old retired surgeon, received both inspiration and guidance from John McAlister, an amateur woodworker whose fall-front secretary was featured on the back cover of Fine Woodworking #129. Made of quilted Central American mahogany, the massive piece stands more than 9 ft. tall to the top of the center finial. The piece is finished with oil, shellac, and wax.

Photo: Carl Glassman

Design or Plan used: Not specified

posted in: Reader's Gallery, mahogany, shellac, oil, wax, period reproduction, Newport, goddards and townsends

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