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J.Snell

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Dressing tables
« on: March 01, 2010, 04:59:10 PM »
Hello, I'm finishing up two dressing tables in the style of early eighteen century. I wondering if, in the period, the maker would have bothered with kneeblocks on the rear legs (on the back of the piece)? It sets against a wall and, along with a seconary wood for the back, is never seen. If you've seen much of the real thing I would appreciate telling me what you've seen. Thanks. J.S.

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Re: Dressing tables
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2010, 10:39:16 PM »
JS- There probably won't be any knee blocks at the back. Sometimes there isn't even a knee- the leg is flush at the backboard, making the leg "square" actually deeper front-to-back than it is thick side- to- side, so it's rectangular in cross section. I think I've seen the rear board mortised into the leg a little further down and then sawn back up at an angle, but usually the rear board is the same depth as the other skirts with no block.-Al
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Re: Dressing tables
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 09:27:39 AM »
I agree with Al. I don't think I've ever seen a period dressing table with kneeblocks on the back of the rear legs.
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J.Snell

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Re: Dressing tables
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2010, 11:57:28 AM »
Thanks, both of you! You,ve confirmed my suspicions.