People always start to quiver with anger when I denounce their beloved pocket screws and biscuits!
It is NOT "joinery." Never has been and never will be. Biscuits and pocket screws are used by two people - those who don't know better and those who don't care to know better.
It's tough for someone new to building furniture to see through all the gimmicks out there, I totally get that. Fine woodworking and several other extol the virtues of pockets screws for one reason and one alone - Kregg keeps their lights turned on.
Modern woodworking publications are about advertisements not learning. Even good ole Norm only had one agenda - convince you that you need a new tool he is pushing that week. It's a business just like anything else. It's marketing. If I use this tool on my show XYZ will pay me for a product placement AND pay for advertisements in my catalogue - that's right, it's no longer a magazine.
Am I a snob? I don't think so...? I buy vintage (cheap) tools and put sweat equity into them. I saw my own lumber. I don't think that I'm the best cabinetewright to walk the earth. So no, I don't think I'm a snob.
On the flip side I believe in REAL joinery that, low and behold, actually classifies as JOINERY. I happen to know that biscuits are only useful for plywood and pocket screws are a nice way of saying I'm too lazy to do it right - in a way that will last. I know that Walmart China crap that people call "furniture" be it made in China or the guy down the street is in fact crap. So if THAT makes me a snob then sure I guess I am.
So someone, anyone tell me why anyone in their right mind would substitute biscuits for a M&T. Who in their right mind would be so ignorant to think that pocket screws actually last? Tell me who believes that furniture that is "hand built" should be just as disposable as a piece from Big Lots department store. And tell me what happened to a sense of pride in your work too. Tell me if you think your furniture will still be around 200 years from now.
"But they are so fast... and cheap... And they require little to no skill to use!" I get all that - I do. But It's a disservice to speak to a guy interested in building FURNITURE not cabinets as if those were actually valid methods.
Let the fist pounding and angry rants begin - I won't be around to read em. Apparently we need a section on cardboard furniture.