Monthly Archives September 2014

MARKING, MEASURING AND TESTING TOOLS

Traditionally the furniture-maker has relied upon the standard 2 ft (609 mm) fourfold rule, the joiner on the 3 ft (914 mm) pattern, both

MARKING, MEASURING AND TESTING TOOLS

marked in eighths and sixteenths of an inch, and obtainable as standard or blindman’s, the latter with extra bold figurings. For long lengths the standard boxwood rule or the engineer’s long one-piece rule are preferable to flexible steel tapes which should not be used for highly critical work on the bench...

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THOMAS SHEARER’S LONDON BOOK OF PRICES

submitted their calculations to the master and this book was intended to eliminate grievances between the two. The London Book of Prices gives us a snapshot of Georgian furniture designs. It shows which styles of furniture were complicated to make, and which less so.

English chest of drawers This chest of drawers is inspired by a design from Shearer’s book (above). The parquetry top would have added significantly to the price of the piece, c.1790. H:91.5cm (36%in); W: 117.5 cm (47in); D:61cm.

This influential design book, published by London cabinet-maker Thomas Shearer in 1788

FEATURED DESIGNS BY BOTH SHEARER HIMSELF AND BY GEORGE HEPPLEWHITE.

The Cabinet-Maker’s London Book of Prices was a practical trade manual and contained tables of prices to assist in calculating t...

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SAWING AND PLANING APPLIANCES

SAWING AND PLANING APPLIANCES

39 Bench-hook

40 Shooting-board

Reversible bench-hooks are used to support small pieces while being sawn or cut, at the same time protecting the bench-top from incidental damage. They can be either bought or simply made out of hardwood about 10 in (254 mm) by 6 in (152 mm) by 1 in (25 mm) with I1/4 in (32 mm) square cleats screwed on both ends as shown (the position can be reversed for left­handed workers). Straight shooting-boards for the accurate squaring of ends can also be purchased or again made by the worker, preferably out of good dry beech. The bed can be in two pieces with grain direction reversed, screwed together to form a rebated bed while the headpiece should be taper housed and screwed but not glued...

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A Stunning Pink Jungle Theme Kidsroom For More Fascinating Bedroom

Fabulously Remarkable Pink Jungle Bedroom Set Up a kids bedroom maybe for some parents is not easy. But wait until you see this remarkable creative and inspiring pink jungle theme bedroom. Such a wonderful and unique bedroom design that will stun your family.Read More

ENGLISH PATTERN BOOKS

A BRIEF HISTORY OF DESIGN BOOKS Few English furniture designs were printed before 1715. Daniel Marot’s publications, which first appeared in 1702 (see p.45), were widely used in England and contained ideas for all branches of the decorative arts including interior design and furniture arrangements. English furniture designs also first appeared in architectural publications and designs for chimney – pieces, pier tables, and mirror frames within an architectural framework were common. In 1735, the Engravers’ Copyright Act protected designers from being copied by their competitors – although plagiarism continued.

From 1740, two or three furniture pattern books appeared each year, right up until the end of the century...

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FRANCE: LOUIS XVI

The single frieze drawer

has two drop-ring handles.

The escutcheons are carved in the shape of flowers and branches.

The top is made of grey and white marble.

LOUIS XVI COMMODE A VANTAUX

drawers. The lower section has two drawers, designed to look like three, which open to reveal three long drawers with ring handles. The legs terminate in ormolu toupie feet. The piece is attributed to the Paris-based maker, Godefroy Dester. c.1785. H:93cm (ЗвМІп); W:133.5cm (5212in); D:5e.5cm (2214in). PAR

and of fine quality, particularly those made by foundries such as Gouthiere and Thomire.

Boullework was still favoured, as was furniture that incorporated pieces of painted and foiled glass known as verre eglomise, or Chinese or Japanese lacquer pan...

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Tools and Equipment 8 Cabinet maker’s bench and accessories

CABINET MAKER’S BENCH

Good benches are indispensable for handwork; a softwood bench put together quickly from small section wood is not suitable. Cabinet – benches should be of hardwood, preferably beech, sturdy and perfectly level, because the eye will always attempt to compensate for any slope, and thus vertical cuts are likely to be out of square if the bench-top is sloping. A quick – action woodworker’s vice/vise should be fitted and an end vice also. Figure 37 gives the constructional details of a standard bench with 21/2 in (63.5 mm) beech top and underframing, which should not be less than 6 ft (1.828 m) long.

Instead of buying a bench, many may prefer to make their own, and all the necessary metal fittings are obtainable from specialist tool firms.

Tools and Equipment 8 Cabinet maker's bench and accessories

Tools and Equipment 8 Cabinet maker's bench and accessories

36 Woodworker’s vi...

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Contemporary Office Interior Design in Exciting Atmosphere for Fun Working

Spacious Office Workstation For Easy Access In White Interior Image Credit: bejoku Modern office interior designs also emphasize simplicity and functions. Most corporations consider office interior design as an important part for their business. Designing interiorRead More

Stunning Kitchen Design Ideas of IKEA 2012

Your kitchen might be the most crucial space in your house. You prepare the meals and other cooking activities there, even some people enjoy gathering with their family in the kitchen. Thus, there is no wonder that many home owners seek for the best and the mostRead More

Elegant and Excellent Siedle Cordless Video Intercommunication System with Fully-Fledged Landline Telephone

Wonderful and Fantastic Siedle Cordless Door Communication System with Hands-Free Function Siedle Scope is a video indoor station and a landline telephone in one device. And it’s cordless. That means that wherever you are, whether in the bedroom, kitchen,or evenRead More