A Small Highboy
Plans for a Queen Anne Charmer
Synopsis: Carlyle Lynch built a modestly proportioned Queen Anne cherry highboy to test his adaptations from a mahogany original. He thoroughly explains how to make one just like it, and starts by telling how to square the pieces for the legs using a lathe, tablesaw, bandsaw, and hand tools. When making the lower case, wait to scroll-cut the apron until a gentle fit of its tenons poses no danger of breaking it. Grooves and buttons hold the top onto the upper case, and all the drawers are made alike. The article includes several sets of detailed drawings and a thorough bill of materials.
The highboy is an imposing furniture form, too large for the spaces in which most of us live. But 18th-century cabinetmakers didn’t always build grandly scaled furniture for stately halls. Shown here is a small, modestly proportioned highboy I found in the home of Mr. and Mrs.…