To pick up where I left off the other night,

Here’s one more board chest, made in Plymouth Colony…late 17th century. Hard to pin a date on such a thing.

board chest w drawers

Lots of added junk inside to house the drawers. Runners nailed to the inside for the drawers to ride on, (pictured) and a divider between the two narrow, side-by-side drawers.

drawer runner

Very simple cut-out to form the “feet” of this chest. Note the decorative end of the lid’s cleat. I like this sort of treatment and use it way more than I see it on old chests and boxes. It’s hard to resist.



side view

Simple rabbeted nailed drawer. Note the sawmill’s tally mark scribed on this drawer side. The board’s been planed, but not deeply enough to get all the way past the race knife marks. Is it the number of board feet in each board? I don’t know for sure how it’s employed.

drawer and sawmill tally mark

Here’s the juncture of the moldings outlining the  “frames” on the chest front.

applied moldings, with saw-tooth decoration

Another view of one of the drawers. Nailed-on bottom board. Running side-to-side.

another view of a drawer

All in all, a great chest, but pretty simple. All white pine, maybe the moldings are Atlantic white cedar, I’m not sure. There’s a till on the inside; the chest lid’s been repaired with a new strip at the back edge where the hinges busted out.

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