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However, by 1730 through-dovetails were, to all intents and purposes, obsolete for drawer-front joinery. On the whole, drawer bottoms with their bottom boards running front-to-back experience more shrinkage (across their overall width), splitting and detrimental distortion than those with side-to-side bottoms. Of course the opposite can occur where case furniture, made in damper conditions, can sometimes be seen to have dried out somewhat: The ends of the drawer fronts in particular have often relinquished some of their moisture and taken on a ‘frown’ (figs.
As with virtually all cabinetmaking techniques and developments, there were anomalies and overlapping periods as the uptake often met resistance in what was a heavily tradition-based trade.
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