CHIPPENDALE CHEST ON Frame
Carved elements compliment the elegant casework.
SHOP OWNER: Greg Brunk
LOCATION: Cuyahoga Falls, OH
These are pictures of my latest project I just completed, a Chippendale chest on frame. It is a Christmas gift for my son and daughter-in-law, which we plan to deliver on Christmas Eve. I got the idea to build it after seeing one in a Bartley’s kit furniture catalog.
Built in 1775, the original belonged to a Germantown, PA family. Supposedly, George Washington and his troops marched in front of this home on their way to battle.
The case is loose and rests on top of the base unit. I took some liberties when copying this piece. The original had plain knees, however, I chose to carve a shell on them, and modified the center apron by adding a carved shell. This was my first attempt at the ball and claw feet and shell-carved legs since taking a class taught by Gene Landon last year.
The chest is made of cherry with poplar as the secondary wood. The drawer bottoms are aromatic cedar; the back is solid poplar with lap joints.
The finish is an antique cherry water-based aniline dye with a sealer coat of linseed oil, followed by a seal coat of shellac, then a coat of gel stain, followed up by approximately 20 coats of garnet shellac, which I padded on. The final step was to rub it down to a satin sheen with rottenstone.
As a reminder of the year in which I built it, I inlaid a 2003 silver eagle coin into the bottom of the top right drawer.
We have too many more days of snow left before spring, so my next project will be a Hepplewhite style hall mirror. I will send pictures when I have it done.. . . Greg Brunk
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