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New pictures added July 3 2016, Queen Anne side chair

A look at some of the pieces I've built

I have been making furniture for 40 years. For me it remains a hobby and not a business.   I am primarily interested in American period furniture from the mid to late 1700's as well as the work of the Shakers. Hand tools are used extensively in creating these pieces.

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Queen Anne side chair, circa 1740, Massachusetts.  In cherry and made almost entirely with hand tools due to the many curves and compound angles of the various components.  The slip seat is upholstered using period methods, a joined frame, jute webbing and various components under the upholstery.   Finished in amber shellac.

Side view

Back view


Map chest

A utilitarian piece for storing large plans or maps with six dovetailed drawers.  Painted cabinet with lacquered drawers, size 41 X 28 X 26.


8 arm chandelier

A chandelier in my kitchen.  The wood core is painted pine, the arms, pans and other parts are chemically blackened steel.  The power cord snakes through the hollow hook fastening the light to the ceiling.

Queen Anne Dressing table

Also called a 'Lowboy', this piece is based on a 1760 antique from Massachusetts.  It has single board sides and the drawers are dovetailed front and back by hand.  Finished in shellac.

Tea Table

Massachusetts tea table in cherry.  Based on similar examples circa 1780.  Finish is orange shellac over BLO with one coat of low gloss lacquer.  The candle slides can be retracted into the skirt.

Small chest of drawers

 Small chest of drawers, Tiger maple, dye stain followed by BLO and shellac.  Graduated drawers.  Hardware from Lee Valley.  Based on similar New England chests from the late 1700's.

Corner Cupboard, in cherry.  I made this piece many years ago and have just found a photo of it to post on the site.  The door contains 12 individual panes of glass, known as a divided light door.


Keeping Box

A small chest with holly inlay escutcheon, in cherry with bread board ends on the top.


Walnut tilt top tables

The larger table has a dished top, turned on the lathe.

Tall clock

A reproduction of an 18th century tall clock from Ohio.  Finished in milk paint from Real Milk Paint Co.  Reproduction face, hardware antiqued in the shop.

Linen Press

This piece is a near copy of a 1780's linen press at MESDA in Salem, NC. It doubles as a media cupboard so I used full height doors on the lower case. A drawer hides behind the doors and contains CDs. The upper part houses the TV and DVD player behind the tombstone doors, the lower a stereo and speakers.

I used dovetailed bracket feet rather than the original's ogee bracket feet. The feet support a plinth on which the case rests. The finish is aged milk paint, red over black followed by a darkened oil topcoat.

The Rat tail hinges are by Fisher Forge, the escutcheons by Ball and Ball , milk paint by The Real Milk Paint co

Comb back arm chair

A slightly different version of the comb back arm chair shown below on this blog.  I modified the leg turnings, the arm posts and the rake and splay angles of the legs and arms.  The color is Real Milk Paint's deep Windsor green over red over Behlen's American walnut NGR stain.  The top coat is 3 coats of Watco light walnut danish oil.

Fireplace Mantel

This is not a copy of any particular mantel but it fits the fireplace nicely. The style dates from the late 1700's. Another mantel in a similar style can be seen here.

Connecticut Highboy

In cherry, finished with oil and shellac. Two drawers have fan carvings. The hardware is by Horton Brasses

The dovetails are hand cut and the piece has 158 dovetails in total. The upper case joints are also dovetailed but these dovetails are hidden by the cornice and waist mouldings.

Sheraton Tall Post Bed

A queen size tall post bed in cherry. Post height is 81 inches.

Painted flat to the wall cupboard

Inspired by a Lincoln county piece featured in Howard Pain's book. The width was modified to suit a smaller dining room. The piece sits on a plinth base with fully dovetailed corners. The upper doors feature true divided lights. Finished in milk paint and linseed oil.

Comb back arm chair

With knuckle arms and carved volutes at the ends of the crest rail. The back is taller than most examples of its type.
Inspired by similar chairs made by Bruce Chambers of Cookstown, Ontario and Chris Harter of Madison NY.
Detail of arm and knuckle handhold shown as well as the carved volute at the ends of the crest rail.

Bird cage Windsor chair

Deceptively simple in appearance, this is the most difficult Windsor chair to make. Designed by the late Woody Scoville of East Calais, Vermont who generously shared the measurements with me.

Philadelphia arm chair

One of the earlier forms of windsor furniture with a large D shaped seat, ball and cylinder feet and carved volutes at the ends of the crest rail.

Sack back Windsor chair

With knuckle arms. Painted in a deep Windsor green in milk paint with a top coat of oil.

Hoop back side chair

The curved back has a slight reverse curve just above the seat to give it a lighter and more elegant appearance.

Fan back side chair.

Writing arm windsor.

This chair is not a copy of an historic chair but was designed by David Goodwin who shared the plans with me.

Sack back arm chair with crest rail.

Painted in dark windsor green over red with a coloured oil finish.

Carved volutes at the ends of the crest rail.

Continuous arm Windsor chair

Painted, dark red milk paint over a lighter red milk paint.

Dining room

Showing a tapered leg table with pine top and breadboard ends, the base painted in black over red milk paint, several windsor chairs and a flat to the wall cupboard.

On the floor - a painted canvas floorcloth in the mariner's compass pattern.

Wood and metal chandelier

6 lamps, blackened metal arms and bobeches with hand forged ceiling hook.

6 inch canopy.

Hanging wall cupboard

Cherry, finished in shellac. Divided light door with restoration glass. A small drawer gives additional storage.

Kitchen table

This table has a cherry top with breadboard ends and a
single drawer.