gay dating online - Dating furniture drawers

By the middle of the 19th century, the race had long been under way to convert virtually all furniture production to the machine-oriented factory system.Modern circular saws were in general use by the 1830s, and the 1840s and ’50s saw power planers and spindle carvers.

– The dovetail drawer joint, from the earliest crudely cut, single-pin joint of the 17th century to the highly refined, machine-made dovetails of the 20th century, has been the joint of choice for most American cabinetmakers.

But the dovetail joint is not the only way to make a drawer work.

This new type joint, which went into production soon after the war, consisted of interlocking “fingers” cut alternately from the drawer side and the drawer face, each of which then engaged its opposite number, interlocking with each other, producing a joint held together by surface tension and the force of hide glue.

This was a neat, quick joint, easily produced by the machinery of the period because it required only a uniform series of straight cuts.

But this joint, in spite of all its great qualities, like low cost and ease of assembly, had a major drawback. The interlocking that resulted from the straight-cut fingers of the joint was really only a friction joint, relying almost entirely on the strength of the glue to carry the force exerted on the drawer during operation.

It did not use the strength of the wood itself like the dovetail joint did, which pitted the slanting sides of the pins and tails against each other, taking advantage of the potency of wood fiber.In addition to the long-lived rabbet, there have been two other significant non-dovetail joinery techniques used in drawer construction, both machine made.One survives today and the other has been gone for nearly a hundred years, a victim of changing culture rather than technology, but still remains an important clue in furniture identification.The Knapp machine was a complicated affair involving five cutting parts.It had an auger, a hollow auger, two v-shaped cutters and a circular cutter.Drawer construction began with non-dovetailed joints, using the nailed rabbet joint, a17th-century technique which has survived through the centuries and is still in use today in low-load, inexpensive furniture because of its ease of construction and the resulting low cost.

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