Saturday, June 5, 2010

Jim Reedy Custom Woodworking

Jim Reedy Custom Woodworking
There is something deeply satisfying about owning a piece of furniture that was made expressly for you and that can be passed down from one generation to another. In today's world of particleboard furniture and cheap imports, quality pieces are immediately noticed and appreciated. (Jim R.)

Jim Reedy Custom Woodworking is a one-man shop that makes beautiful furniture in a number of styles. I use fine quality solid wood and utilize hand carving and traditional joinery to create my furniture. You will find examples of my work on the following pages. All of my work is custom made for the client. I do not keep any stock for sale. If you have space in your home for something special, please give me a call or send me an email.

If you are looking for an exceptional piece of furniture for your home, consider an eighteenth century-style highboy. A highboy is a classic that can be handed down from one generation to another. It is a large piece of furniture that will make a major statement in any room. This highboy is based on one made in about 1750 in Philadelphia. The lower case is constructed with mortise and tenon joinery while the top case is hand-dovetailed for exceptional strength. Altogether there are 240 dovetails in this piece. The highboy has 11 drawers plus small two hidden compartments. This piece was made from solid cherry with poplar as the secondary wood, but it can be made in mahogany or walnut instead if you prefer. The bonnet top and flame finials are design features often found in this type of piece. The finials were turned on a lathe and then hand carved. The decorative shells on the center drawers were hand carved as well. The cabriole legs and pad feet were shaped by hand. The hardware is an authentic reproduction of hardware from that period. The finish is shellac.

Jim Reedy Custom Woodworking
Boca Raton, FL

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