Carved oak boxes, a standard item in 17th-century New England homes, fit well in modern ones too. This video covers the layout, carving and construction used in two versions: one box fastened with iron nails, the other with wooden pins and glue. One box features wooden hinges, the other, blacksmith-made iron hinges. The larger “desk” box is fitted with lidded tills inside, along with a gallery of drawers.
Peter Follansbee specializes in 17th century period joinery and green woodworking. He spent over 20 years making reproductions furniture at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth, MA. Peter teaches in craft schools in the US, UK and Sweden and received the Wille Sundqvist and Bill Coperthwaite Slöjd Fellowship in 2016. He co-authored the book, Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th Century Joinery, with Jennie Alexander.
Disc 1 (2:09)
1. History and Origins
2. Splitting and Hewing Stock
3. Stock Preparation
4. Carving the Box Sides
5. Carving the Box Front
6. Desk Box Layout and Joinery
Disc 2 (2:21)
7. Tills and Pintles
8. Assemble the Desk Box Carcass
9. Nailed Box with Wooden Hinges
10. Assemble the Nailed Box Carcass
11. Shape and Install Nailed Box Base
12. Shaping the Cleats
13. Installing the Cleats and Lid
14. Desk Box Top and Hinges
15. Dividers and Drawers
16. Shape and Install the Lid
270 minutes. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Productions, 2017.
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