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Copyright By ALVAN C. NYB 10ÖU

PREFACE

HIS book for the use of students, architects and others who at times find it desirable to make drawings for furniture, has been prepared from material collected during an experience of some years as a designer of furniture for several of the most important furniture-makers in New York City.

It is assumed that a knowledge of how projection and perspective drawings are made has been obtained, and that the general principles of design and ornamental forms are familiar to the reader. It describes methods of construction as far as they relate to draughtsman's work, but stops there, for it is not the intention to make this an instruction book for those who wish to become cabinet-makers. The 44 man at the bench " may, however, find the parts relating to designing of interest even though the practical details arc already known, and seem to him incomplete because many mechanical matters that he realizes are necessary in making furniture arc not mentioned.

Construction details that have been omitted were not thought essential to the draughtsman, and if known by him would be of no service in making the design or working drawing, as they would not appear on cither.

New York City, 1900.

CONTENTS

Page.

Preface 2

CHAPTER I.

Definitions, Classification. Proportion 9

CHAPTER II.

Tables, Turnings, Cross Veneering 15

CHAPTER III. Chairs, Seats, Sofas. Upholstery 36

CHAPTKR IV. Casework, Panelling, Bedsteads 57

CHAPTER V.

The Drawer 81

CHAPTER VI. Ornamentation of Furniture..., $6

CHAPTER VII. Theories of Design, Rendering 91

LIST OF PLATES

Frontispiece. Louis XVI. Chair.

I.

The Construction of a Table.

II.

Chair and Table Lees.

UT.

French Chair Leg.

IV.

Drop Leaf Tables.

V.

Pivoted Top Tables.

VI.

Extension Tables.

vir.

Chairs. Front and Side Elevations.

vm.

Arm Chairs. Sea-t Plans. Stretchers.

IX.

Outline of Chair Backs.

X.

Composition of Chair Backs.

XT.

Construction and Upholstery of Chairs.

xri.

Composition and Proportion.

XIII.

Case Construction.

XIV.

Moulding:« and Panels.

XV.

Hanging Doors and Lids.

XVI.

The Drawer.

XVII.

Ornamental Chair Backs.

XVIII.

Louis XV. Table.

XIX.

Louis XVI. Cabinet.

XX.

XV. Century Cabinet.

XXI.

Louis XV. Arm Chair.

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