Dressers. Saturday , November 04th , 2017 - 16:26:36 PM
The same dovetail joinery that craftsmen use to create sturdy handmade desks is also used to build elegant tops, sides and drawers of handmade dressers. The body of the dresser, or the carcass, is held together with dovetail joints that add an element of design as well as making it extremely strong. Other dressers employ frame and panel construction that is highlighted by mortise and tenon joinery that is accented with wooden pins. Combining both techniques for any style of handmade dresser is what makes the carcass durable and the drawers move in and out smoothly.
Among the many styles of handmade wooden furniture that are still favored today is the Queen Anne style. The Queen Anne style of handmade wooden furniture was first made popular in America between 1720 to 1760 and can be distinguished from other styles by the signature cyma, or S-curve, that is seen in the feet of a dresser or chair, and may also be worked into other parts of a piece of furniture. These S-curves blend well with modern styles of decorating by softening the look of a heavy piece of furniture with the gentle curves.
French and English dressers were also made from different types of wood, and this can make a difference to their appearance. Some later dressers have glazed panels, and some just have shelves, which were originally for displaying plates and china on. Nowadays dressers are used for many different functions, rather than just being display cabinets. Rather than having a fitted kitchen a painted dresser or shabby chic sideboard can make a wonderful addition to a French farmhouse-style bespoke kitchen with free-standing units. Bespoke kitchens often represent the ultimate in luxury and style, but you too can have one without spending a fortune. Shabby chic is the perfect style to choose to create your own bespoke kitchen with affordable pieces of furniture, including an antique or vintage dresser or sideboard.
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