Mix Of Influences

Childhood memories of a tall chest belonging to the maker's father plus a timely visit to a famous Craftsman-era house helped create this design.

DETAILS ENLIVEN A RECTILINEAR CASE. A dovetailed base (above) with a cloud-lift motif on the front of the chest, base molding and decorative square pegs all add visual interest to an otherwise unadorned case.

wall. The cloud-lift details on the base and the decorative square plugs on the face frame are inspired by tire Greene brothers' designs. The red color of the piece suggests the lacquer finishes on Chinese furniture.

I used simple techniques (glue and nails) to build the case. The base is hand-dovetailed. The brass drawer pulls I used were originally far too shiny and new for this antique-like case, so I fumed them in ammonia for a soft patina and then rubbed them out with 4/0 steel wool to create wear spots that blend in with the overall look of the cabinet.

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