• Furniture Design & Construction
  • Excellent diagrams on chinese joinery and chinese furniture construction.

    This diagram from an article on the Woodworkers Institute website shows how traditional Chinese joinery works There is a great article on the Woodworkers Institute website which I stumbled upon quite randomly. I was actually researching some information on construction techniques for making dining room extension tables, when “lo and behold” I came across this […]

  • Antique Reproductions
  • The problem of “Chaobuduo” (and how it effects reproduction furnitures)

    Chinese workers love to use the phrase ¨cha bu duo¨ 差不多 (pronounced “Cha Boo Daul) which directly translates to ¨not very far off  (meaning approximately or roughly)¨ Unfortunately, in almost all case it usually works out to be not even close,  in otherwords,  “cha tai duo”  (meaning way too far off).   Workers see no need for exact […]