Progress photos of the construction of a traditional Pennsylvania Spice Chest with Line and berry Inlay – This gallery will be updated from time to time as work progresses.
At this point, the interior dividers have all been dry fitted to the chest and an ash back to the chest has been fabricated and fitted to the chest. Final Gluing of the interior assembly will take place after the finish has been applied. All of the parts have been prepared for a final finish and some sample boards have been made up to test different finish recipes.
The next steps involve making the moldings for the chest and making the feet. The door needs to be constructed, to accept the walnut panel which has been inlaid with holly in a traditional line and berry motif.
You can see more about Pennsylvania Spice Chests by clicking here, or follow the full construction of this piece by viewing the gallery of construction pictures
The chest is dovetailed and glued up and all of the stock for the interior dividers has been prepared. The line and berry inlay for the door panels is nearly 100% complete. This is going to be a sweet looking spice cabinet when finished.
I have a special interest in Spice Chests… Not the plastic or metal contraption sold in the department store to house little metal tins or glass jars of spices. No, my interest is in the wonderful spice cabinets built in the eighteenth century, especially those in the Chester County area.
These relatively small cabinets are a delight to look at with their numerous small drawers, inlaid doors, and secret compartments.
I am currently building a spice chest in this style out of walnut, with holly stringing inlaid in the door. This inlay will be done in a traditional “line and berry pattern” which I have also used on other projects such as the set of four “family boxes”
As time permits, I will post some progress reports on the project including photographs.