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Equipment

Tuners. Tuner dimensions. Vertical and horizontal mounting of tuners. Ventilation. Turntables. Leveling the turntable. Mounting level of changers and turntables. Tape decks and recorders. Amplifiers. Stack mounting. Construction of a tuner-amplifier compartment. Speaker enclosures. Infinite baffle. Bass reflex. Horns. Stereo equipment.

The room

Choosing the room. Placing the speaker. Room shapes. Room acoustics. Sound distribution from a speaker. Room traffic patterns. The scaled floor plan. Making room measurements. Scale dimensions. Making scale cutouts of furniture. Stereo effect. Room with an alcove. Positioning tweeter and midrange speakers.

Fundamentals of design

Good design. Visual order. Static and dynamic order. Basic lines. Designing a cabinet front. Cabinet front variations. Three-dimensional relationships. Adding a speaker enclosure. Cabinet shelf. Depth as a dimension. Dynamic planes. Creation of dynamic lines by static shapes. The scalloped edge. Spiral forms. Categories of curves. Proportion and balance.

Furniture styles

Modern style. Contemporary styling. Asymmetrical design. Examples of contemporary styling. Traditional and period styles. Hepplewhite. Directoire style. French provincial, English styles. Empire style. Chippendale. Chinese Chippendale. Sheraton. Adams brothers. American styles. Regency. Early colonial. Selection of style.

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Materials

Woods. African and Honduras mahogany. Luan. Walnut. Birch. Comb-grain, plain sliced and quartered oak. Avodire. Blond Iimba. Chen Chen. Sapele. Teak. Birdseye and curly maple. Fruitwoods. Gum. Knotty pine. Fir. Veneer cuts. Lumber cuts. Plywood construction. Graining standards for veneer faces. Fir plywood. Special surface veneers. Hardware.

Construction

Layout. Cutting. Table saw. Overarm saw. Portable rotary saw. Band saw. Sabre saw. Power jig saw. Jointing. Butt joint. Shoulder butt. Double-shouldered butt joint. Mitre joint. Mitre and spline. Lock mitre. Mitred shoulder butt. Partitions. Doweling. Mortise and tenon. Assembly. Gluing. Fitting and edging. Hardware. Legs and bases. Kit construction.

Finishing hi-fi furniture

Sanding. Types of sanding. Machines. Orbital and belt sanders. Finishing curved and carved portions of the cabinet. Precoloring. Staining. Water, alcohol and oil stains. Bleaching. Removing filler. Filling. Pickling. Sealing. Final finish coats. Using a spray gun. Lacquer and shellac. Rubbing. Retouch. Reassembly. Oil finish.

Retouch, repair and refinishing

Burns. French polishing. Water and beverage stains. Scratches. Nicks and gouges. Crushes. Loose or broken hardware. Cracked, crazed or alligatored finishes. Grille cloth. Loose, peeling or blistered veneer. Open joints. Cabinet clamping tools. Pipe or bar clamps. Rope as a clamp. Loose legs. Broken dowels. Loose molding. Refinishing. Paint removers.

The author gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of these companies: Cassard & Walker, Inc.; Charak Furniture Co.; Colby Associates; De Walt Inc., Division AMF; Douglas Fir Plywood Assoc.; Electro-Voice Inc.; General Cement Manufacturing Co.; Grand Rapids Varnish Corp.; Grosfeld House, Inc.; Hardwood Plywood Institute; Herman Miller Furniture Co.; John Scalia Inc.; John Stuart Inc.; I_. & J. G. Stickley Inc.; Museum of Modern Art; Porter Cable Machine Co.; Rockwell Manufacturing Co., Delta Power Tool Div.; Schmeig & Kotzian Co.; U.S. Plywood Corp.; University Loudspeakers, Inc.; Widdicomb Furniture Inc.;

Wood & Hogan Inc.

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