Hand-Carving a Mahogany Drawer Front

Project: Modern Colonial, Episode 25, Part 4



Flooring specialist Howard Brickman finishes up the floors and demonstrates the new Airsled appliance mover, an inflatable slip that slides underneath heavy objects and glides easily along the floor. Brickman uses the Airsled to move the new energy efficient Kenmore washer and dryer into the bathroom, without damaging the floors.

Bob takes a quick look at the completed murals and stencils from MB Historic Decor. Plus, plumbing contractor Dave DuVerger is on location to install the washer and dryer and the shower hardware. Bob Ryley is also on-site, installing a new Robern medicine cabinet in one of the upstairs bathrooms.

Bob visits the North Bennet Street School in Boston to learn more about decorative arts and the school's furniture-making program. Back at the project house, North Bennet student and furniture maker Thomas MacDonald is in the workshop demonstrating how he creates furniture details.
Part 1: Moving Appliances Without Damaging Wood Floors
Part 2: Installing Plumbing Loop and Fixtures for Multiple-Head Shower
Part 3: Furniture Making at the North Bennet Street School
Part 4: Hand-Carving a Mahogany Drawer Front
Tommy MacDonald demonstrates a few of the techniques he employs to create hand-carved furniture details. MacDonald lines up the grain of the mahogany and securely fastens the wood to a worktable. After sketching a pattern onto the work piece (in this case a seashell pattern) he uses an assortment of hand tools to shape, refine, and finish the pattern.
This project focuses on the construction of a Colonial-style home built with both history and the future in mind. While the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home will have a traditional exterior and interior detailing, the plan will suit the needs of a modern family, including easy-maintenance fireplaces, a great room, master suite, sun room, 3-car garage, and a large walk-out basement with plenty of room for recreation and indoor/outdoor living.

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