The very latest project LaPlaca Woodworks will be undertaking is Boston style Blockfront chest, the chest has been modeled in Sketchup I know it seems kind of strange to combine 21st century design software with 18th century designs, but I have found that ‘virtually building’ the project in Sketchup really helps when we start with the real wooden components, this is the second piece of furniture that LaPlaca Woodworks has been completely modeled in Sketchup, the first piece was the Boston Oxbow chest that is currently featured in Chests

As our first entry in this blog we will show what the modeled chest will look like, this particular chest was modeled after a chest featured in the book Boston Furniture of the 18th Century on page 81. This chest is going to be built from South American Mahogany that LaPlaca Woodworks has sourced from Irion Lumber, the secondary lumber is Yellow Poplar that has been sourced from Groff and Groff Lumber. The chest features four graduated drawers that will be carved from 12/4 mahogany stock the chest is 35 1/2″h x 21 9/16″d x 40 w. At this point we still haven’t made a decision about the style of brasses (either a escutcheon or rosette style pulls).