I just finished a restoration on a chest- help me guess the age!
Before and After photos and commentary can be seen HERE
This old 3 drawer chest was refinished with a period appropriate linseed oil varnish, and returned to good working order. Construction is pretty consistent with mid 1800's primitives I've seen. The sides are solid stained (managed to retain original stain during refinish) pieces of poplar timber with 1/2 inch cherry laminations on the front to match the rest of it. Square nails used, no pegs. Back is frame and panel poplar. Drawers are dovetailed, and made of poplar except for the fronts. Check out the photos- tell me what you think :-)