Woodworking Techniques and Advice
Blind dado construction, using mortise-and-tenon joinery, is one of the classic methods of making cabinets and drawers. In the time before the modernization of cabinetry, when high volume and efficiency were not as important to the cabinetmaker as beauty, strength and making furniture that became heirlooms, mortise-and-tenon joints were common. These joints not only gave strength to the cabinet being built, but also gave the cabinet the look and feel of being one continuous piece of work with the joints actually hidden from view, thus the more modern name of blind dado construction.
If you regularly work with exotic hardwoods such as rosewoods and ebonies and have developed persistent skin-rash sensitivities, help might be on the way. For two years, I received injections of a compound extracted from the dust of dozens of exotic and domestic hardwoods in a treatment called low dose allergen therapy and am now mostly free of allergic reactions to these woods.
When you are asked to design a kitchen, do you simply load up the design software and start drawing? You can, but if you want a good design there are some preliminary tasks that must be completed first. Just like you wouldn't start building cabinets without a set of shop drawings, design work requires the accumulation of certain information before the design process can begin. This is what's known as assessing the needs of your client.
Have you worked with African cherry lately? How about tulipwood, Brazilian rosewood or Parana pine? All of these, plus kauri, Honduras mahogany and African mahogany have at some time found themselves on the endangered list of one of the preservation organizations.
The chestnut tree is gone, we've lost most of our elm, ash and many of our butternut trees, and now we stand to lose our walnut trees as well.
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