Monday, April 7, 2014

Curly Cherry Chest of Drawers

Doucette and Wolfe Furniture Makers

Museum Quality Custom Handmade Furniture
Curly Cherry Chest


This custom chest of drawers is handmade from a spectacular log of curly cherry.  Each part of this chest is made from the same log to ensure the grain, figure and color matches throughout this piece.  The chest design has clean lines commonly seen on Shaker style furniture. The decoration comes from a combination of exposed hand cut dovetail joinery that is seen throughout this piece and the spectacular wood. 


This is the curly cherry in the rough.  


The wood milled and the case sides, top and bottom cut to size. 

Curly Cherry Case parts

Hand cutting the dovetail joinery on the case

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Hand cutting dovetails

hand planing all surfaces smooth

hand planed chest of drawers

Mitered dovetail joinery on the feet/base

dovetailed base
fitting the dovetailed base

Mitered Dovetail Joinery

dovetailed base


Exposed Dovetail Joinery on the base

Cherry Chest of drawers

Curly Cherry Chest with drawer fronts fit

Fine custom Chest of Drawers

Fitting all drawer parts on two custom chests before cutting the dovetail joinery

Handcrafted Chest of Drawers
fitting drawer parts on two chests

260 hand cut dovetail between the 15 drawers

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hand cut dovetails


Solid poplar chest back

Wide Poplar back panels
23” wide poplar back panels


Dovetail Joinery fit on the drawers

curly cherry
hand cut dovetailed drawers



Exposed Dovetail joinery on the chest top

handcrafted dresser
hand cut dovetail joinery




Curly Cherry chest is now complete and ready for finish

Custom made Chest of Drawers
Chest ready for finish




Turning the solid cherry knobs, the knobs will graduate slightly to match the graduated drawers

handcrafted cherry furniture
turned cherry knobs

Solid Cherry Chest of Drawers Dresser
exposed dovetailed case top

Custom Cherry Chest of Drawers
Curly Cherry Chest of Drawers

Curly Cherry Dresser
Curly Cherry Chest

handmade dovetailed base
hand cut dovetailed base

handcrafted chest of drawers
dovetailed drawer dividers

Custom Chest of Drawers
hand cut dovetailed drawers

Cherry Chest of Drawers
Curly Cherry Chest of Drawers

Monday, March 10, 2014

Chippendale Slant Front Desk



Chippendale Slant Front Desk

18th Century Desk
Chippendale Slant Front Desk

This Slant Front Desk is custom made of solid premium grade South American Mahogany. This desk was custom made for a client with details to accompany a Massachusetts Block Front Chest in the same room.  The Interior for this desk was custom made with a traditional look but for the use with modern electronics including a laptop and iPad.


Custom Handmade Slant Front Desk
Slant Front Desk detail




This desk is made from solid mahogany. One 20” wide plank for the case sides and top and another 20” wide plank with nice ribbon/figure for the drawer fronts and lid.

custom handmade mahogany furniture
Mahogany for the Slant front desk


Handcut dovetail joinery is used throughout this desk for both decoration and for superior joinery strength

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desk top dovetail joinery


Hand cut sliding dovetail joinery is used to join all the drawer dividers.  The integral beading is mitered for a perfect fit

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sliding dovetail

fit dovetails and beading
slant top desk details
dovetail joinery


All surfaces are hand planed to a nice smooth surface


fitting the drawers
hand planing all surfaces


All Dovetails are hand- cut including the four exterior drawers, the four interior drawers and two secret compartments

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hand cutting dovetails


Dovetailed drawer 

hand cut dovetails
dovetailed drawer




Slant Front Desk ready for finish
18th century slant top desk
Slant Front Desk




Finished Slant Front Desk


chippendale slant lid desk
Chippendale Slant Front Desk

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Slant Front Desk detail




handmade chippendale slant top desk
Slant front desk with lid opened

Custom Mahogany Desk
dovetailed drawer detail



Handmade Desk interior
custom interior


custom slant front desk interior
Hand cut dovetailed interior drawer














Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Custom Side Chair

Custom Side Chairs

These custom side chairs are meticulously made with flowing curves and proportions that have a pleasing overall look and comfort, both features are essential in a great chair.  These chairs are made of solid walnut and crotch walnut.  Each chair is made from a solid piece of 8/4 (2” thick) premium un-steamed walnut for perfect grain and color match throughout.



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walnut side chair

Solid walnut parts rough cut for a set of chairs

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chair parts rough cut

Hand shaping each chair leg

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shaping chair legs


Chair joinery fit on back legs and crotch walnut back splats fit before shaping

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chair making process

Shaping the back splats and crest rails

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handmade chairs

Set of chairs ready for slip seats and finish

walnut side chair
walnut side chairs

Crotch walnut back splats

custom crotch walnut side side
crotch walnut back splats




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Custom Side Chairs

Side chair
Custom chair

handmade hardwood chair
chair detail

The crotch walnut back splats are cut from the same log, the overall look is unique for each chair because no two pieces of wood are the same.  

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Side Chair

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Walnut side chairs