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Newport Chippendale Block and Shell Chest of Drawers

comments (7) June 17th, 2012 in Reader's Gallery

MWolfe MWolfe, member
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Newport Block Front Chest of Drawers made by Doucette and Wolfe Furniture Makers - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Newport Block Front Chest of Drawers made by Doucette and Wolfe Furniture Makers

Photo: Matthew Wolfe


This Block Front Chest is a reproduction of an original chest made by John Townsend of Newport Rhode Island in 1765.  This commission came in 5 days before I was heading to New York City for the Sotheby's Americana Auction this past winter (2012) I could not have asked for better timing, while I was in New York I could measure the original Chest at the Metropolitan Museum. From these measurments I reproduced this chest changing only a few contruction techniques to accomodate wood movement. I carved the drawer divider profile and moldings to match the original profiles. The hand carved concave shell is carved into the solid drawer front while the two convex shells are carved from the resawn face of the drawer then applied. The drawers are constructed with hand cut dovetails.  We have a making of video of this chest on the block front chest page of our website. Thanks for looking!


Design or Plan used: My own design - Reproduction John Townsend Block Front Chest

posted in: Reader's Gallery, dovetails, , carving, mahogany, chest, chest of drawers, chippendale, block front chest, john townsend, goddards and townsends, Newport

Comments (7)

woodnut3424 woodnut3424 writes: awesome work i envy yur life style and work.Im working on starting my own buisness and watching ur videos make me wanna go out and work everytime i watch them.Keep up the awesome work.
Posted: 3:59 pm on September 10th

jrtoolman jrtoolman writes: Whew baby! What a great piece. It's good to know that ther are craftsmen out there that still enjoy making the classics!
Posted: 6:34 pm on July 9th

Olliewood Olliewood writes: Beautiful work and a wonderful tribute to the original period craftmanship.
Posted: 7:13 pm on June 27th

MWolfe MWolfe writes: Thanks for the comments and the recommendations.
Posted: 7:03 pm on June 21st

jpwglw jpwglw writes: I can only say one thing, GORGEOUS!

Posted: 1:53 pm on June 19th

tkillian tkillian writes: Very nice, great work, looks fantastic!

Posted: 10:09 pm on June 18th

zbop zbop writes: Absolutely beautiful! This is my kind of, and what I think should be, truly Fine Woodworking. Thanks for sharing.

Posted: 8:17 am on June 18th

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