In my last blog, Life Imitating Blogs, I wrote about a secret compartment I found in a desk at a local auction:
I wrote about comparing it to one I built for a Pennsylvania spice box in Do As I Say, Not As I Do:
I re-read the blog I realized I hadn’t ever looked into how the handle was attached to the drawer. I was curious and couldn’t tell looking at the pictures I had. This was Friday and the auction wasn’t until Saturday. Me being me, I went back and looked.
I pulled out the drawers and got another perspective:
Here is the bottom view:
A close-up shows you more detail of the construction:
The camouflage divider wood is attached to the rest of the handle with a bridle joint (or open mortise and tenon). Impressive in 3/16″ wood. Handle is attached to the box with a dado.
But, wait, there’s more! Is the dado really enough to have kept the handle attached? A quick look inside the box shows how it is secured.
The dado is good for alignment but a wedged through tenon actually makes sure everything stays together.
Getting a second look at the auction forces me to withdraw my statement about there being no dovetailed blanket chest. There is one. It was under a table behind some chairs.