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Queen Anne Highboy

An elegant design makes this piece a great introduction to reproduction period furniture and will easily be a focal point in any room.  Store your finest linens (or undies) in style!

Overall dimensions:  41” W x 26” D x 87” H

Instructor: Matthew Cremona

The project includes:

  • 36 step by step lessons
  • 673 minutes of video instruction

$120.00

What You’ll Receive:

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction (36 videos in total) showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What You’ll Learn:

  • Period Furniture Design
  • Material Layout
  • Wood Movement Considerations
  • Cabriole Leg Shaping
  • Dovetailed Case Construction
  • Through Dovetails
  • Sliding Dovetails
  • Half-blind dovetails
  • ¾ Overlay Dovetailed Drawer Construction
  • Patternmaking and Routing
  • Curved Moldings
  • Basic Carving
  • Basic Spindle Turning
  • Wiping Varnish Application
  • Hardware installation

What You’ll Need:

Note: This is not a required list of tools. This is simply what I used during the build. Remember, there are always multiple ways to accomplish a task so if you don’t have one or more of these tools, you can very likely still make this project.

Tools

  • Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Tablesaw
  • Dado Stack
  • Router
  • Bandsaw
  • Drill
  • Lathe (for turning the pad foot and finials)
    • Parting tool, skew, bowl or spindle gouge, round scraper
  • Miter Saw (for cutting gooseneck miters)
  • Spindle Sander
  • Drum Sander (for making the bonnet veneer)
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Carving Chisels (for gooseneck clean up, fan and finial carving)
  • Hand Tools – Chisels, Medium Bench Plane, Spoke Shave, Shoulder Plane, Card Scrapers, Dovetail and flush trim Saws, Rasp, Round File

Bits

Hardware

36 Lessons Included

1.

Introduction

We'll look at a Sketchup model as well as a previously-built secretary desk to set the stage for this large elegant piece of casework!

8:02

2.

Design

A little history and a review of resources helps us refine the design of the highboy!

13:48

3.

Lumber Selection

The highboy is a large project with many parts so spending some time choosing the right board for each project part will ensure the project goes smoothly.

24:26

4.

Cabriole Leg Template and Layout

The cabriole legs are an iconic component of a highboy. A little planning upfront will make creating them much easier.

09:10

5.

Cabriole Leg Profiling and Shaping

It's time to convert those big blocks of wood into shapely cabriole legs.

28:26

6.

Lower Case Panels and Apron

Now with the legs complete, we can start building a case to connect them.

15:11

7.

Lower Case Drawer Dividers

With the frame of the lower case complete, we can now subdivide the drawer opening for the 4 lower case drawers

17:57

8.

Lower Case Internals

Next we can create a support structure within the lowercase to allow the drawers to operate.

11:44

9.

Lower Case Scroll Work

Adding some cutout details to the lower apron and side panels adds some visual interest and ties in the theme of curvature.

15:22

10.

Lower Case Glue Up

A little prep work and a good strategy makes this complex glue up way easier.

12:33

11.

Knee Blocks

The knee blocks are a small element with big impact tying the cabriole legs into the case.

18:40

12.

Upper Case Dovetail Joinery

Hand-cutting dovetails into large panels for the upper case.

12:53

13.

Upper Case Drawer Dividers

The upper case's drawer dividers and drawer supports are similar to the lower case's but there's a slight difference

16:03

14.

The Scroll Board

The scroll board establishes the shape of the top of the highboy.

12:10

15.

Upper Case Glue Up & Top Drawer Compartment

We glue up the upper case and finish up the top drawer compartments.

19:52

16.

The Drawer Fronts

The drawer fronts are visually the largest component of the piece so lets choose some awesome stock!

19:06

17.

The Bonnet Top

Adding a thin roof completes the framework of the upper case.

23:15

18.

The Gooseneck Templates and Stock

Like many things in this project, some templates and some prep work will make the process of making the moldings go much more smoothly.

14:40

19.

Routing the Goosenecks

Making a custom profile for the molding that follows the curves.

19:59

20.

Cleaning up and Mitering the Goosenecks

After routing the profile, the moldings need a bit of clean up work and then the goosenecks can be mitered.

26:56

21.

Short Returns and Installing the Goosenecks

After all that clean up and prep work, the goosenecks can finally be attached to the case.

25:11

22.

The Side Returns

The last bit of the gooseneck molding installation is to add the returns which connect the bottom of the goosenecks to the back of the case.

29:00

23.

Fan Carvings

For some traditional embellishment, we carve some simple fans onto the center drawers.

31:56

24.

Drawers – Half Blind Dovetails

Starting on the drawers with the half blind dovetails that join the sides to the front.

29:07

25.

Drawers – Through Dovetails

No drawer is complete without a back! We'll continue on with the dovetails and join the back to the sides with through dovetails.

21:05

26.

Finials – Design and Stock

Now we turn our attention to ornamentation by adding the finials. There are many variations and ways that these can be customized.

14:00

27.

Finials – Turning and Mounting the Urns

We start work on the finials by adding the urns to the upper case which will receive the flame finials

15:21

28.

Finials – Drop and Flame

To round out the ornamentation, drop finials are added to the lower case and the flames are added to the urns on the upper case.

30:54

29.

Finish Prep

Before a great finish can be applied, some attention to detail is necessary to ensure the entire project is ready to go.

23:20

30.

The Hidden Drawers

Keeping with tradition, we install the hidden drawers which will keep your valuables safe and out of sight.

11:53

31.

Transition Frame and Molding

We add a structural and decorative element which locks the two cases together.

17:09

32.

Finish Application

We apply a finish to the highboy and the wood comes to life!

23:33

33.

The Backboards

We close in the back of the upper case with some classic shiplapped boards

13:33

34.

Drawer Bottoms

We add the beveled panel bottoms to the drawers

17:41

35.

Hardware Installation

We add some classy brass hardware to the drawers.

13:32

36.

Wrapping Up

A few last minute details as the Queen Anne Highboy project comes to a close.

15:05

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