Joined chests are constructed of riven, or split, oak; the frame uses mortise-and-tenon joinery, with panels fitted into the framework. The joints are fastened with wooden pins. The front section is carved; the ends have moldings on the framework. Air-dried white pine boards are selected for the chest lids and floor boards. There is a small interior compartment called a till. Oak lids can be ordered for an additional cost. Variations such as a chest with drawer underneath are priced accordingly.
Approximate dimensions are H: 28" W: 50" D: 20".
At the time of ordering, a deposit of 50% is collected, and the work is scheduled. Lead times vary, depending on the scope of the project and the backlog of work. Smaller pieces like the carved boxes can usually be fitted in easily; the joined chests and chairs require more time. Shipping charges are additional.
The Crafts Center joiners make furniture from oak, pine, ash and maple timbers, among others. All of these woods display a range of colors and textures that vary from tree to tree, even within one species. These are most notable when the furniture is new, and is to be expected.
For a direct consultation with the artisan who will make your piece, contact Plimoth Plantation joiner, Peter Follansbee at 508-746-1622 x 8214.