Fewer words today.

I stopped in one of my favorite antique/consignment place is Raleigh today. Turns out the For Rent sign out front and the large SALE banners in the windows do mean they are moving. This is only important in that I took more time look everything over. I might never see this furniture again.

Several pieces caught my eye but this one secretary stood out. It is billed as an Early 19th Century Georgian Secretary:

A tall, handsome one at that.

A tall, handsome one at that.

Interesting moldings around the top.

Interesting moldings around the top.

Bookshelf with fixed shelves.

Bookshelf with fixed shelves.

Gallery with drawers and document boxes but no doors.

Gallery with drawers and document boxes but no doors. Leather writing surface could use a bit of work.

Drawers, document box and drawers behind the facade. Left side is the same.

Drawers, document box and drawers behind the facade. Left side is the same. Interestingly, the drawers are not dovetailed.

No door on the prospect.

No door on the prospect.

The floor of the prospect is loose revealing some storage below.

The floor of the prospect is loose revealing some storage below.

Major drawers are dovetailed. The smaller drawers also serve as lopers for the desktop.

Major drawers are dovetailed. The smaller drawers also serve as lopers (supports) for the desktop.

Bail pulls with rosettes. Interesting shadow line

Bail pulls with rosettes. Interesting shadow line.

A view from inside shows plugged original pull holes and interesting round nuts.

A view from inside shows plugged original pull holes and interesting round nuts.

Pull on the loper drawers.

Pull on the loper/drawers.

Small/short bracket feet.

Small/short bracket feet.

Now here’s the interesting part. Looking at the left loper/drawer, something looked really odd. I could see some light between the drawer front and the drawer bottom. It looked like the bottom was dovetailed to the front with gappy dovetails. I pulled out the drawer, turned the drawer over took a look.

The drawer bottom was made from a failed drawer side with bad dovetails:

The bottom is a drawer side.

The bottom is a drawer side. Really!

Quite obvious at the back of the drawer.

Quite obvious at the back of the drawer.

Visibie at the drawer front, as well.

Visible at the drawer front, as well.

The maker of this secretary was not willing to throw a piece of wood away just because it failed as a drawer side. He repurposed it. Although it does grow on trees, he paid for it and he is going to use it. Who looks at drawer bottoms?

How frugal.