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    Furniture design and terminology.......commode

    The marvels of the internet, mobile computing and wikipedia allowed me to research some terms this morning while reading Kens hinge thread.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Face_frame

    In doing so one thing naturally led to the other and after a rapid tour like a dragon fly touching down on a subject for just a few seconds i came to a fascinating halt at the term commode.

    See this link
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commode

    Now it mentions at some point the term being used in USA in relation to a toilet.
    But i dont believe its been strictly an American term. I was introduced to this term by my Dad back in SA and in the furniture context it was used to mean a wooden chair type piece of furniture that was kept in the bedroom and had a "potty" inside it which was accessed by lifting the seat which was hinged so as to form a lid.
    This as i understood allowed for doing the business without running to the outhouse.

    Now in following a series of links through wikipedia related to furniture design styles many of which take you to Europe i come to find the real original term has nothing to do with what i was taught.

    Some other links you may find interesting to peruse quickly to get a quick refresher on furniture styles.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_making

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_furniture

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gobelins_Manufactory

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavian_design

    Enjoy i certainly learnt a thing or two in a few minutes.
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    Well, I couldn't be more flushed if I had found water in my closet. My understanding of some vocabulary has just gone down the crapper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Well, I couldn't be more flushed if I had found water in my closet. My understanding of some vocabulary has just gone down the crapper.
    I'm going to plunge right in Rennie, and say, your sense of humor is overflowing

    Thanks Rob for the history lesson, I'd comment but at the moment I feel like....

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