Tools and techniques of conversion and construction

There have been great advances in the application of woodworking machines to furniture-making, but no really major advances in machine type. Accuracy and speed increased through the mechanical adaptation of hand operations powered by various independent sources, and by the electrification of hand tools. However, many furniture-making operations remain a mix between machine processes and hand work. Various techniques have been adopted in particular fields to match materials development with technical competence. The Thonet company adapted their experience in bending wood to producing bent metal furniture. Other developments outside the industry also contributed to change. Developments in both World Wars had an effect on furniture production, these included changes in factory management, the increase in the range of new materials, the de-skilling of labour and the application of technology once unrelated to furniture-making. For example, the Chrysler Corporation's experience of cycle welding to join wood, rubber, glass, or metal was invaluable in the experiments of Charles Eames. He was able to use this technology to fix metal legs, via rubber grommets, to plywood seats.

Undoubtedly, one of the most important changes in furniture-making has been the development of prepared parts and specialist fittings that have enabled semi-skilled operators to make furniture. Precut and finished panels, KD fittings and pre-sewn upholstery covers complete with fillings attached are examples of this simplified approach to production.

The twentieth century furniture factory, making cabinet furniture on a large scale, is organized so that there is a logical sequence of event that takes full advantage of flow line productions systems, semi-skilled labour and intensive machinery. The rough end receives lumber and deals with the processes of sawing, planing and moulding as well as veneer preparation. The shaping department follows with mortising, lathe work, boring, bandsawing and jointing. This is followed by sanding. Once these preliminaries are complete the assembly can begin. Work such as sub-assemblying, clamping, drawer work and door hanging occur at this point. Finally the finishing stain, filling, sealing and glazing occur before items are ready for packing and shipping.

How To Sell Furniture

How To Sell Furniture

Types Of Furniture To Sell. There are many types of products you can sell. You just need to determine who your target market is and what specific item they want. Or you could sell a couple different ones in a package deal.

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