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Clint Searl

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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

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 02:31 AM

I think it’s a very subjective process, even when attempting to quantify the “fineness” of a piece of furniture with a grading system. Your 9 might be my 6, or vice-versa. That said, I generally agree with your criteria, or at least the categories to consider—design, execution, and materials. It’s kind of like a three legged stool; if any one element is lacking, the stool tips over.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 04:33 AM

Let us put this in perspective, a F-16 figthter pilot flies through a section of the sky reports he encountered minor turbulence. A commerical pilot flies through same effect and reports heavy turbulence, wind shear and a dangerous flight path. Which one is correct? (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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