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Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture maker and wood turner
Iulia Chin Lee is working on 3-inch scale miniature Nutcrackers. The nutcrackers are hand-painted in layers with artist-grade acrylic paint and accented with gold trim.
Iulia Chin Lee miniature wood turning open twist spiral bowl in exotic wood burl
Iulia Chin Lee is known for her intricate miniature lathe work. The photo shows a Burl Bowl with Open-Twist Stem in one of the final steps before the bowl was removed from the lathe chuck.
IUlia Chin Lee miniature furniture 1/12 scale walnut burl blanket chest with drawer
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture award winning 1/12 scale maple blanket chest.
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture Pennsylvania German pine corner cupboard
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture award winning 1/12 scale Connecticut pine corner cupboard
Iulia Chin Lee miniature funiture award winning 1/12 scale Rhode Island New Port maple chest of drawers with cabriol legs
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture award winning 1/12 scale Rhode Island New Port maple chest of drawers with cabriol legs
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture award winning 1/12 scale Rhode Island New Port maple chest of drawers with cabriol legs
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture award winning 1/12 scale Rhode Island New Port maple chest of drawers with cabriol legs
This photo shows the dovetailed panels of the award-winning blanket chest before assembly.
Above photo reveals the intricate joints. The drawer divider dovetailed to the chest.
Doors of a Pennsyvania German Open Dresser are of mortise / tenon construction with raised bevel panels.
The doors of a Corner Cupboard have through tenons with floating panels. Note the square tenon, cut with small chisels.
Iulia Chin Lee's miniature furniture has won many awards, competing against full-size furniture. The joinery in her miniature furniture appears so perfect that it might make some people think it is easy to do. Her impeccable skill has made her able to do intricate joinery that appears uncomplicated .
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The above photos show the steps of constructing a Newport chest of drawers. Dovetail joints are applied throughout the construction of the carcase, including the frame, the drawer blades and drawer divider. These joints allow the chest to hold together firmly without glue.
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture Rhode Island New Port maple chest of drawers 1/12 scale
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture Rhode Island New Port Maple chest of drawers 1/12 scale
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture Rhode Island New Port maple chest of drawers 1/12 scale
Iulia Chin Lee miniature furniture Rhode Island New Port maple chest of drawers 1/12 scale
Iulia Chin Lee miniature funriture maple chest of drawers 1/12 scale
The final molding covers the dovetail on the vertical drawer divider,the complicated joints hidden beneath.
Minute dovetail joints on drawers. Graceful cabriol legs for the case.
Dovetails on the back of drawers
This is a Rhode Island Newport Chest of Drawers. The dovetail joints on the top and the bottom of the case are authentic construction of the 18th entury.
Hand-cut dovetails for the side of a blanket chest in burl.
Banisters, newel posts, door and various of parts for a doll house.