Fundamental Construction Techniques for Furniture & Wooden Objects
Source: Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
This guideline will describe some of the ways that wood is processed into familiar forms, such as joined furniture. This description will lead to a better understanding of the various technologies: from the ancient to the modern. You will see that there is much in common through time and across cultures. In fact, the joinery of wood can be reduced to a fundamental set of principles in evidence the world over. By understanding the basics of joinery, we can also understand and predict the utility and ultimate degradation of some furniture.