Frank B. Rhodes | FurnitureMaker Reproduction and Restoration of Traditional American Furniture Since 1983 Chestertown, Maryland | 410.778.3993

Construction

Carving in progress

The delicately carved crest rail with C-scrolls is supported by a complex pierced splat. The top rail has carved leaves on each shoulder with acanthus carving above the central pendant. The carved splat is bordered by molded stiles.

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Dovetailing

Dovetailed legs on the pillar of this Queen Anne candle stand.

Drawers are dovetailed by hand with white pine, poplar, white cedar or chestnut as secondary woods.

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Techniques

End Grain Work

Shootboard Work

Jointing an Edge

Smoothing a Flat Surface

Making a Mitered Joint

Jointing a Board

Hand Planing a Molding

Cutting a Groove with a Plow Plane

Using this router to clean out a groove

Cutting a Rabbet Joint

Cutting a Rabbet Joint (side view)

Cutting a Tongue and Groove

Cleaning out a Mortise Joint

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Frame Construction

Our frames are made in the tradition of the original 17th & 18th century pieces we duplicate. Since different parts of the country used different hard woods, maple or oak for example, we use the same type of wood that was used on the piece we are using for a pattern. Joints are mortise and tenon construction, using pins and pegs as traditionally used.

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Chair Joinery

These pictures depicts mortise and tenon work of the splat, crest rail, stiles, stretcher, rails and shoe.

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