Really underground garage
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: mnts of Va
George I had/have a professional cabinet shop for goin on....wait,cancel that....OVER 40 years.
Got a HUGE collection of books ranging from first edition stupid expensive furniture reference books to just about every home boy "how to" build ___ book.
Also have countless friends in every facet of the industry(all forms of WW'ing,finishing).And can say this in all sincerity......all the above dosen't come up to even the "halfway" point of seeing it all when one starts to actually crawl under existing furniture/cabinetry.I still get slackjaw at the "stuff" I see looking at antiques and commercial pcs.,new and old.
And that's good AND bad.Seeing Borg,China made cabinets....and worse yet,having to fix that BS...is an eye opener.It isn't in any book that I've ever read?Crawling around,carefully...respectively studying 18th century antinques,am astounded at the craftsmanship/joinery.....BUT,there too have seen questionable approaches.....actually,a lot of them.You see most of the good stuff ain't in museums,but that's for a different day.
None of this can be taught.....yeah,you can read the books.Yeah,go take some classes.Yeah,yeah....work in the industry for 40 years,yada,yada,yada.It boils down to having a brain,and going exploring.Then either copy(ripoff)...or run like H*ll WRT build techniques.Everything needs to be "finished".You started it....finish it.Heck,slop some pollypropelene...or burn't motor oil on it.Unfinished wood is asking for trouble.
Those who say it cannot be done shouldn't interrupt the people doing it.