This section is from the book "Modern Buildings, Their Planning, Construction And Equipment Vol2", by G. A. T. Middleton. Also available from Amazon: Modern Buildings.
Measure per foot super. Describe as cross-tongued if over 9 inches wide. Include bearers in the description, and state their size, if chamfered and if plugged. This only means the bearers against walls or partitions. If edges of shelves are rounded or moulded, take a running dimension of the labour.
Number. State height, projection, and scantlings, and if plugged.
Measure per foot super., and describe, including the doors, as, e.g., "1 1/4-inch wrought and beaded cupboard front, with four-panel moulded and square doors in same," or "with moulded and square doors in same, hung folding in No. 8 panels the set," or as the case may be. If dwarf cupboard front, state it. Take plugging per foot run to edges of framing against walls.
Measure per foot run.
Measure per foot super., and state thickness.
Measure the angles per foot run, and describe as "tongued and mitred," "rebated, grooved, and beaded," or as the case may be.
Measure per foot run. State radius, and describe them as "grooved and tongued," or "grooved and rebated to framing both edges." The framing should be measured short of these.
Measure per foot super. Include bearers.
This should only be measured to raking edge, or edge against brickwork.
In addition to scribing, remember to make the usual allowance of 3 inches for cutting and waste to all raking edges of shelves, cupboard tops, etc., or to take a lineal dimension of this labour, stating the thickness of the material.
Measure as previously described.
Measure per foot run, and describe, stating size.
Number and fully describe, giving length and height, and thickness and width of top; state the number of drawers, and in how many rows, and describe them, including locks, knobs, etc. Also describe cupboards, including ironmongery, shaped ends, and standards (state how many), how many tiers of shelves, and their thickness and respective widths, top cornice, back, etc., complete. Number the dresser hooks.