Restored 1870's walnut 4 drawer dresser

It was a prevligage to work a piece this old.
All the drawer runners were worn and broke along with the runners inside the cabinet.  Drawer ends were not cut with a dovetail style joint, shown in a
Photo,this type of joint was called a Knapp joint presume it was the inventors name and was only used for 3 to 4 years.  Had to take the cabinet 
completely apart and glue it back together, it had no bottom panel so I built one to add to the structure and for the bottom drawer to slide on.
The top of the dresser was one board that measured 18" w X 37" L . Good luck finding any lumber that wide.

Douglas E Scott

We have a small dresser with the same joints for the drawers.    I think that joint was one of the first to be made on a machine.   Interesting piece of history.


Nicely done!

Steven- Random Orbital Nailer

wow thats a cool piece. that dovetail is incredible.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Looks great!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Very well done and interesting about the Knapp joint.
Nice work, Doug. Your customer will be very happy with it!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

A shout out to hide glue!

Nice save on that piece.