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Throne design considerations

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  • AlbionWood
    One other thing to keep in mind, is that no matter how you design them, wear-and-tear is inevitable. Read the history of the English Coronation Throne, and
    Message 1 of 25 , Feb 12, 2009
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      One other thing to keep in mind, is that no matter how you design them,
      wear-and-tear is inevitable. Read the history of the English Coronation
      Throne, and look closely at photos of it. That is one impressive piece
      of furniture, even after all the damage that has been done to it! So:
      If it starts out awesome enough, it may still look great even after it
      gets dinged up.

      Complex, deeply-cut carving tends to hide damage - the eye sees the
      carving and skips over the dings and scratches. (Polychromy can do the
      same trick. The old WK thrones were made of Redwood and got horribly
      beat-up, but still looked OK because the eye was drawn to the painted
      elements.) Expanses of flat space, OTOH, are just canvases to display
      scratches on...

      The joinery has to be robust and simple. Big meaty through-tenons are
      best, IMHO.

      Cheers,
      Tim
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