Dating drawers

Drawers can be built in a variety of manners using a variety of materials.Wood and various wood composites, sheet metal, and plastic are common materials used for drawers and the furniture thereof.Pin and cove joints or Knapp joints were used during a very short window of time, between 18.They were an upgrade in terms of ease from the hand-cut joints that were used earlier because they were created with a machine that had been invented by Charles Knapp.So, these joints( also known as half-moon), used almost solely in North America, are a reliable way to date a piece.Here’s what they look like: I painted the dresser with General Finishes “Driftwood” milk paint then applied a white wash with chalk a box-shaped container that fits into a piece of furniture in such a way that it can be drawn out horizontally to reach its contents.

Also look at the way the grain of the bottom board runs, if it is from front to back the chest is probably of early 18th Century construction, the grain running from side to side suggests a manufacture of post 1750.

It would have been made from reclaimed timber so it’s possible that some of the timbers are very old indeed.

The carcass and drawers are made from a ad hoc mixture of pine and oak.

Wooden drawers are often designed so that the front face is complete and the end grain from the side pieces does not show.

The corners may be dovetailed for additional strength or for aesthetics, and a half-blind dovetail joint may be used for the front corners to hide the joint.

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