applied moldings on drawers

drawer front w applied moldings
drawer front w applied moldings


This post is in response to a question from James Conrad about moldings on drawer fronts. Sorry to have let it slide James…

the molded drawer fronts are usually applied. In this case, the drawer front is oak, and it’s visible as the section painted black here. Then an applied beveled molding about 1″ wide surrounds that. Within the resulting rectangular field are smaller m0ldings, about 1/2″ wide, dividing the frame even further. Between these two mini-frames is an applied maple plaque, in which I set the drawer knob. All of these moldings are applied with animal hide glue, brushed onto the wood while it’s hot…

The thickest section of these particular moldings amount to about 3/8″.

I’m sorry I don’t have any process shots of this type of work…I haven’t done any applied moldings for a while now. This chest of drawers was 2003, I think.


2 thoughts on “applied moldings on drawers

  1. LOL, thats ok, i got it now. Thats alot of fitting & gluing there and some chests i see have 22-1/2 degree ends, making the raised panel octagonal or 8 sided, that seems like alot of work.

    The reason i ask, its difficult to tell from pics just how 17th century mouldings are done, the joints seem so tight, no visible cracks/seperations at the miters.

  2. Are the spindles & bosses applied with glue as well?
    The reason i ask is, on period examples at auction, the spindles/bosses are almost always replaced and the raised panels are not. I am guessing that the reason for this is the raised panels have a much larger surface area for glue?

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