Nine Drawer Chippendale Dresser
This Chippendale dresser was based very closely on a piece built in Winchester Virginia in the late 1700's. Built with the same details and construction techniques as the original, this piece commands presence in any bedroom setting. I chose black walnut for this reproduction, but cherry, maple or mahogany would also be very well suited to the design.
Similar highboy, lowboy, or chests of drawers could be done in a variety of styles and designs. The size, style, wood selection, and coloring can be customized to suit the customer's requirements.
The photos below show the original dresser from the Colonial Williamsburg Collection on the left with my reproduction on the right. Aside from the differences in the height and style of the ogee bracket feet, I followed the original almost exactly.
Primary construction is black walnut with hard maple drawers and poplar for drawer bottoms and case back boards.
The dimensions are approximately 59" high x 45" wide x 24" deep
Wide boards and careful grain matching for full grain patterns.
Mortise and tenon and handcut dovetail joinery throughout the piece - with over 200 hand cut dovetail joints in the case and drawers.
Hand carved quarter columns on the front corners of the dresser.
Ogee Bracket foot base with bead detail on bottom edge.
Drawer fronts were selected from a matched set of highly figured walnut for excellent grain and coloring.
All drawers feature handcut dovetails at all four corners - with solid wood drawer bottoms
All drawers are fitted with a functioning lock with an inset brass keyhole - as was the original.
All the drawers feature cockbead molding around the front edges.
All hardware is reproduction quality solid brass.
This dresser was finished with a hand rubbed shellac finish - then buffed and waxed to a satiny sheen.
Other woods, styles and finishes are available
Detail views of the drawer construction and hardware.
Detail photos of the solid wood back and foot construction.
Detail view of top elements including crown and astragal moldings.