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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 $100.00

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

3 reviews for Queen Anne Highboy

  1. mikemenifee (verified owner)

    Great Project. Matt knows his stuff and is easy to follow. The amount of detail is tremendous. Though I’ll never build the project, not my style. the information about preparing and researching alone is worth the price of admission, this information is applicable to any style or period. Again just another great project.

  2. mark morgan (verified owner)

    I just want to say, even if you think you will never build it, it is worth it for the mass of information, and entertainment. If you think you will ever do any type of chest on chest, or anything with carving, or with cabriole legs, then buy it. If you just like watching truly great woodworking, then buy it.

  3. JohnG (verified owner)

    Don’t think that this project is only useful for building a QA Highboy. The techniques and methods learned from this project go far beyond QA Highboys, Highboys, and QA furniture in general.
    I bought this project with the assumption that it would be many years before I would have the skills needed to make an heirloom like this. However, Matt does an excellent job of breaking down each step into manageable pieces, and now I realize that while it is a large project, it is not ‘hard’ to do.
    This project should cost far more than it does.

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