Hand Tools

of perfection
Response To:
Dovetails ()

David Weaver
I don't have any credibility in circles of anything, but design and proportion first, large issues second (no horrible color matches or grain the wrong way) and little nits are a distant last.

The former being missed leads to "that's ugly". The latter at worst leads to "well, that's an attractive piece of furniture - I see a couple of nicks or overcuts that could be repaired"

My parents have a house full of furniture that's not perfect (no individual pieces worth more than a couple of thousand dollars, and most more like several hundred - small end tables, etc. But most of it is nice and most of the drawer boxes are hand dovetailed. The drawers are generally in good proportion but not visually perfect. It looks far better than a modern piece with satin finish or intentional cloudiness and perfect evenly dovetailed fat sided drawers. Coloring on all but the walnut (all of the walnut is stained very dark) is little without the grain being obscured.

© 1998 - 2017 by Ellis Walentine. All rights reserved.
No parts of this web site may be reproduced in any form or by
any means without the written permission of the publisher.