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Therefore, most boards used in the construction of early cupboards show signs of being cut with an up-and-down saw.The circular saw although introduced in the mid 1850s could not be made big enough and powerful enough to cut lumber of the size used in furniture construction until 1880.System for Dating Country & Primitive Furniture, Part1 The Business of Doing Business in Antiques – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – July 2002 Have you ever tried to pinpoint the construction date of a country cupboard?The stylistic techniques used to date formal furniture such as Chippendale and Hepplewhite simply does not work for American country and primitive furniture.

The introduction of the modern looking butt hinge used to hold doors on cupboards dates to 1820. By 1840, cast iron hinges became thinner as manufacturers tried to squeeze more hinges out of each pound of iron.

Sloan holds many patents for cutting threads, shaping points, and forming the heads of screws.

Before 1846, all screws were handmade and the slot in the top of the screw was hand cut with a hacksaw. Because the new machine made screw was inexpensive, it was readily accepted by cabinetmakers.

The circular saw was limited to cutting thin pieces of wood such as shingles, clapboards, and laths until the early 1900s.

Cupboards and other furniture in which the large size boards used in their construction are circular saw cut can date to 1880, but usually date after 1900.

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