Saturday, February 11, 2012

Moulded Edge of Chippendale Dressing Table Top

Another busy morning...

Rabbet plane

#4 Round

#6 hollow to a full width shaving  followed by tipping it at a more severe angle to transition it smoothly into the vertical face. This turns a circle segment into an oval segment 

Flip it, #4 hollow mimicking the shape of a #3.

Take the corners off at a 45 degree angle and repeat
The picture above was supposed to be a video. I put the camera on the wrong setting.

Try this quick one. I'm making the shallow yellow rabbet illustrated above.


All of the planes I used have square irons. Work across the grain on both sides first. I saved taking the corners off until the end so that I didn't have to worry about blow out.

The next thing is the quarter columns. I've never turned before and have been putting it off for a long time. Wednesday night is guild night. You might see them on Thursday.


  1. Very nice. Good luck with the quarter rounds. I suspect they will be reeded with capitals and a base. Will the finish be shellac?

    Jim Marsh

  2. So glad you post these things, can't wait for your book!

  3. Hey Matt
    Great progress and love the info. The CCR in the video plays constantly in the shop here too.
    Joe Steiner

  4. Jim, The finish is yet to be determined.

  5. Thanks for another great example. Anything specific about a #4 imitating a #3?

    Herb Kettler

    1. Herb,
      The more you use the planes the more you will be able to manipulate the profiles they create. Think about carving gouges. There may be one that is perfect for the job, but there are a dozen in the chart that can execute.

      I think I covered this slightly in the post regarding the John Townsend moulding. All of the profiles were odd sized circles or between the even and odd sizes: 5/32" radius.

      I will cover it in the book, too. And, of course, at some stage on the blog again.