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:
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 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?