Serpentine Chest of Drawers
Reference: "Period Furniture Designs" by Charles Hayward
This is a difficult piece with its shaped front, canted corners, fretwork, and carved bracket feet. I built it in mahogany as is the original (circa 1760 - English), and I've used mahogany crotch veneer on the drawer fronts. The drawers have an ebony cock bead and this was also difficult with the shaped drawer fronts.
This is the introductory video for the shop building of an 18th C. Serpentine Chest of Drawers. This is a Chippendale style English chest of drawers.
This shows the making of the full size template for shaping the serpentine in the Front Drawer Rails.
working side dadoes
This shows the working of the Side Dadoes that will house the Drawer Frames
This shows the making of the rebate in the Side for the Canted Corner Scarf.
This describes the details of constructing the Sides for the Chest
dry fit carcase
This shows the dry fit of the carcase including all of the Drawer Frames and Sides
This shows the construction details for the Chest Base Frame
Marking the corner joint
This shows the detail marking out of the Corner Joint on the Base Frame