Educated guesses fill in the gaps
Synopsis: There’s a seemingly insatiable demand for historical and construction notes on vintage pieces, and Dick Burrows spoke with Carlyle Lynch, who has devoted years to measuring furniture, to find out how it’s done. This article covers reassuring nervous owners, systems that help ensure noting all vital details, making freehand perspective drawings and step-by-step measuring tips. Lynch uses a checklist that he prepares at home prior to inspecting the furniture, and he uses a carpenter’s rule or a small 6-in. sliding rule. He also brings a flashlight, angled mirror, calipers, soft pencils, among other tools. This article details each meticulous step Lynch uses to thoroughly measure furniture without damaging it in any way. A side article talks about how to compile a materials list.
In colonial times, furniture making was both a highly refined art and a farmhouse necessity. In the larger coastal cities craftsmen, trained in…