|Forum topic by Clint Searl||posted 03-08-2013 01:38 AM||739 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
03-08-2013 01:38 AM
A recent topic on one’s prejudice against metal slides in fine furniture got me wondering what makes a piece of furniture fine. Personally, I think fine is a pretentiously meaningless term. When I look at a piece of furniture, I judge it based on several factors.
Foremost is its design; any decent craftsman can put a bunch of drawers in a box, but no matter how well it’s executed, it’s still a box with drawers that’s instantly forgettable unless the maker has included design elements that separate it from all the other boxes with drawers. Of course, the design must satisfy the function for which it’s intended.
Then comes execution. How well is the piece constructed: joinery; the fit of moving parts; and the appropriateness and quality of the finishing.
And lastly, whether the materials from which the piece is made complement the design and construction.
Once I take all that into consideration, I can give a grade from 0 to 10.
-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been