Hand Tools Archive

Re: Wood selection for Period drawer fronts

Bill Tindall, E.Tn.
I know enough about making drawers to observe that the huge knot and its associated complex grain lie well away for all the operations you describe, except flattening the front face. Hence, the knot will have no effect on the cost of making these parts of a drawer. Without a much better picture I can not determine the refinement of the flattening, nor if a later refinishing refined the original even more. I have seen gobs of torn grain around knots found in Period Furniture that shows up in antique shops. In conclusion, there is no evidence that inclusion of the knot increased the labor cost of making this piece.

Is there any evidence to suggest customers were involved in wood selection for their furniture?

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