360w360 E.87 – Cockbead vs. Scratch Bead

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IMG_0406In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, the 360 guys talk about cockbeads and scratchbeads.

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2 thoughts on “360w360 E.87 – Cockbead vs. Scratch Bead

  1. Hi Chuck
    The Shaker lap desk you did the Cockbead is attached to the case instead of the drawer. Is this just a – Shaker thing – or do we see it in other furniture styles?

    1. Don,

      I’m not sure I’d go as far as calling it a Shaker thing, but it certainly isn’t a common practice outside the Community. I have seen it a handful of times on other pieces, but they are clearly in the minority and somewhat outside a city center. That said, usually when the case is beaded it isn’t applied and there is some sort of concave/convex thing going on that makes veneering the drawer fronts more difficult or impossible. In the end, whenever I say something is typical there’s almost nearly always examples that contradict the “rule.” That’s why furniture scholars, antique dealers, museum curators and cabinetmakers tend to equivocate rather than make broad, absolute statements – someone always finds the Shaker lap desk…

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