The Dunlap Cabinetmakers: A Tradition in Craftmanship

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Stackpole Books, Apr 1, 2007 - Crafts & Hobbies - 210 pages
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  • Back by popular demand at a new, lower price
  • Complete materials lists and scaled drawings for 14 heirloom pieces
  • Fascinating background on the Dunlap family and its furniture

The Dunlaps of New Hampshire began making fine furniture in the mid-1700s. Their distinctive tables, chests, chairs, and clockcases have their origins in the traditions that the Scots-Irish brought to the New World. Most Dunlap works are now in museums where they are studied by scholars, but thanks to the book's detailed scaled drawings and Donald Dunlap's construction notes, woodworkers can undertake the challenging proportions and ornament practiced by the Dunlaps. The 14 projects range from a simple knife box to an intricate tall clock and include a one-drawer stand, tea table, and desk.

  • knife box
  • one-drawer stand
  • card table
  • candle stand
  • folding stand
  • side chair
  • chest-on-frame
  • chest of drawers
  • dressing table
  • tea table
  • flat-top high chest of drawers
  • high chest of drawers with gallery
  • desk
  • tall clock
 

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I just received this book from the author and I have to say not only is the history wonderful but the detailed plans for building furniture is outstanding. Anyone with a sense of history and a love of wood with excellent workmanship thrown in will love this book.

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About the author (2007)

Philip Zea is president of Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts. He is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Chipstone Foundation publication American Furniture . He lives in Norwich, Vermont. Donald Dunlap practices his craft in Antrim, New Hampshire. John Nelson, author of over 60 books, lives in Dublin, New Hampshire.

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