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Chippendale, Thomas (1718-1779) / The gentleman and cabinet-maker's director: being a large collection of the most elegant and useful designs of household furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and modern taste.
(1754)

Plate descriptions,   pp. 7-27 ff.

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PLATES
LVIII. and LIX.
PLATE LVIII. is a Gothic Library Table, the corners canted,
and a Gothic
1/4 column is fixed at each corner; then that fixed upon
the doors, and opens
with them. Plate LIX. is the plan of the Table with all
its mouldings; aaa, &c. are
the places where the columns are to be set; A is the plan
of the columns, with a
scale to take off the particulars of every member.
FIG. I. Plate LIX. is a method for working and mitering
of mouldings of dif-
ferent projections.  Suppose B a quarter of a circle, or
moulding, divided into nine
parts, and the last division into two parts; then plan the
moulding B at D, and
divide it into the same number of parts; draw a diagonal, sfuppofe LL, and
where
the divisions intersect in LL, draw the division in A; then
raise perpendiculars from
A, and you have the projection of the other moulding
at B.  Now where the per-
pendiculars 1 2 3 4, &c. intersects in B, draw eee, &c.
to ddd, &c. then where
they intersect in ddd, are the points where the moulding
is to be traced or drawn
by hand.  To cut the mitres, suppose the mouldings work'd
at FF, and fit for the
mitres to be cut, draw a line cross your mouldings fff, &c. then take
the distance CL
and set it off at cf, and the divisions at A; then take
the distance eL, and set it
off at ef, and the divisions at D; raise perpendiculars
at C and E; then draw the
parallels eee, &c. to the perpendiculars C and E, and
where they intersect, are the
points where you are to cut, directed by the diagonal line
LL.
PLATE
S
LX. LXI. and LXII.
ARE three Library Book-Cases of different sorts, with
their dimensions and
mouldings all fixed to the designs.  If you have
occasion to alter their sizes,
it would be well to keep as nigh the same proportion as
possible; otherwise the
upper doors may have but an ill appearance.  It would be
needless to say any thing
more about them, as their forms are so easy.
Those Book-cases are all intended for glass doors.
PLATES
LXIII. and LXIV.
PLATE LXIII. is a Library Book-Case with all its dimensions;
and LXIV. is
the mouldings at large, with a scale calculated for
that use; the method for
making of it is this: Take the height of the top part of