Cock beads

Any bead which stands raised from the surface as distinct from flush or sunk is known as a 'cock bead', but the term is usually taken to apply to small beads or edgings to drawer fronts and cupboard doors (241:9, 242). The usual form is a raised bead (241: 10A), but it can be square (241:10B). Both should be kept as fine as possible, say a bare 1/8 in (3 mm) in width for a normal drawer, and fractionally above the carcass edge (241:10c). The top bead usually covers the thickness of the drawer top (241:9), with the sides rebated/rabbeted to the pins and the bottom a similar amount, mitring the corners all round. The rebates should be worked after the drawer has been fitted to the opening, and while some workers might set the top edge down for the bead beforehand, the former method of fitting as for a plain front and then gauging in the exact thickness of the cock bead all round and rebating is more accurate (241:11). A point to watch is the provision of a wider half pin at the top (241:12) to accommodate the bead.

Modern furniture is made with all the drawers in a chest the same height. This is fine for low cost production in a fully mechanized factory, but any item too large for one drawer is also too large for any other. If the drawers are of graded heights the piece is more versatile and the appearance improved.

To lay out graded drawers:

1 Measure the total height of the drawer space.

2 Decide on the number of drawers required.

3 Decide on the scale of graduation.

4 Calculate as in example below. Drawer space 36 in (92 cm) Number of drawers 4

Scale of graduation 4, 5, 6, 7

Add together the numbers in the scale of graduation = 22

Drawer heights will be:

3rd drawer 36/22x6 = approx. 93/4 in (248 mm) 4th drawer 36 x 7 = approx. 111/2 in (292 mm) This makes no allowance for the thickness of the drawer rails.

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