The book of trades; or, Familiar descriptions of the most useful trades, manufactures, and arts practised in England : and the manner in which the workmen perform their various employments.
(undated, inscribed 1829)
The cabinet-maker., p. 25
THE CABINET-MAKER. THE Cabinet-maker furnishes chests of drawers, desks, scrutoires, bureaus, chairs, tables, book-cases, sofas, and bed- steads. Indeed the business of a Cabi- net-maker, and that of an Upholsterer, are now generally united. The Cabinet- maker uses a variety of wood for the formation and ornament of his goods, particularly mahogany; a species of ce- dar, growing in the warmest parts of America, and very durable. The art of the Cabinet-maker differs from most others in many particulars, for the ar- ticles made bv him are not only very numerous, but there are not, even from the same shop, two articles of the same description, which do not vary in their form and manufacture. Hence it appears that considerable taste is necessary, as well as ingenuity; for fashion is conti- nually changing the forms of furniture. The tools, woods, &c. of a Cabinet-ma- ker are similar to those of a Carpenter. Veneering is a kind of inlaying, and marquetry may be properly called paint- ing in wood. A man in this business should have some talents for drawing-and designing. D
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