Dating drawers

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Dimensions Of Antique Merchant’s Chest of Drawers Width 84 centimetres Height 106 centimetres Depth 32 centimetres Home Barn Antiques is a destination shop in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire .

Our 17th Century Tithe barn is home to a huge and inspiring collection of unique items from vintage to antique and industrial to retro.

It works like this: When you buy a new T-shirt, an old T-shirt — faded, torn, embarrassing to wear in public — must be thrown away.

My partner imposed the T-shirt rule on our house (well, on me, actually) because she got tired of dealing with drawers, closets, and boxes overflowing with ratty T-shirts, some dating back to my college days.

Antique stores are a good place to find furniture to refinish, but expect to pay for these pieces.

If you're interested in antiques, recent or old, research before you buy anything.

It features original handles, paintwork and is very rustic, almost folk art in construction.

The drawers are all a little squiffy and it’s packed with charming antique character.

Noted for its resistance to being pulled apart (tensile strength), the dovetail joint is commonly used to join the sides of a drawer to the front.

When you want to refinish old wooden furniture, the best place to look is the family storeroom: Check the attic, basement, garage, or wherever unwanted furniture has collected.

You may also discover a real antique or two -- pieces handed down through the family for generations.

It's easy to spot an antique by the drawers, because joints weren't machine-cut until about 1860.

If it has only a few dovetail joints, with pins narrower than the dovetails, then the joint was made by hand.

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