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Friday, February 6, 2015

Changed My Mind - Oxbow Chest by Amos Bradley in Cherry

While researching the serpentine chest that I was going to make out of tiger maple.  I came across a chest in Connecticut Valley Furniture Book.  This one by Amos Bradley 1788.

It is similar to the other chest but much more elegant.  I was going to add quarter columns to the other design anyway but here is an example with the columns already.  There are numerous examples of this type of chest in New England, some with columns and without. Some have ball and claw feet, with mixed ball and claw and bracket.

Notice that the hardware is mounted above center but the handle sits at the center of the drawer.  Covers on the lock key hole. I don't think I will do that.  

Quarter columns are short, not sure I will do that either, I think it would look better if they were full length.

This is obviously cherry, wondering how it would look in tiger maple??????????

Off to make some drawings.


  1. I like your switch, this one is very elegant, beautiful proportions and curves.
    I don't know if the tiger maple would "fight" with the serpentine curves or not?
    The cherry is a wonderful red/brown color. Hmmmmmmmmmm?

    1. You are right. But I don't have much cherry. I guess I'll have to break the bank.

  2. I'm back. I agree the 1/4 columns need to be longer, but they still need a plinth /capital block at the bottom and top, probably no more than half of the existing.

    1. Again you are right. Have to make full size drawing and see how it looks.

  3. David, I like this chest very much. I will be following along and trying to keep up. I have a place for it already.